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UPDATE: SeaBus service running again following flooding at Waterfront Station

Burst pipe likely the cause
SeaBus service has temporarily been halted due to a flood at Waterfront Station. | Mike Wakefield, North Shore News files

Update 4:45 p.m. SeaBus service has now been restored.

TransLink has shut down the SeaBus after a flood at Waterfront Terminal.

The transit authority alerted riders to the disruption around 1:30 p.m.

“There's a bus bridge that's in place between Waterfront and Lonsdale Quay for customers to use in the meantime. We're still investigating the cause of the flooding, but we believe it was a burst pipe,” said Dan Mountain, TransLink spokesman.

“As far as I know, the water running into the terminal has stopped. It's just a matter of cleanup at this point,” he said.

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TransLink has been working on a maintenance project for the terminal’s operational systems, including fire water lines.

It’s not the only transit disruption courtesy of the winter weather, today.

In the early morning, most of TransLink’s North Vancouver fleet could not reach the North Shore due to snow on Boundary Road in Vancouver.

“Our buses couldn’t safely exit the yard,” Mountain said in an email, Thursday morning. “All the buses serving North Shore routes come from the Burnaby Transit Centre, which means we had limited buses serving North Shore routes for a portion of this morning until Boundary Road was cleared.”

In 2016, TransLink closed its Third Street bus depot in North Vancouver and moved the buses to the Burnaby Transit Centre, against the protestation of local governments, who warned the change could leave North Vancouver without bus service.

By 9:30 a.m., bus service was mostly back to normal, Mountain said.

“The R2 and Route 257 have 40-foot buses running on them instead of 60-foot buses, because 40-foot buses operate better in the snow. We currently do not need tire socks for North Shore buses but we are monitoring the situation closely, particularly in hilly areas.”

West Vancouver’s Blue Bus too has had to cancel routes including the 250 and 257 to Horseshoe Bay, and the 253 Caulfeild/Park Roya