Canada’s largest casino, Casino Montreal (Casino de Montréal), had to evacuate more than 1,000 people on Thursday afternoon after a pipe ruptured on Notre Dame Island, the island in the borough of Ville-Marie in Montreal, Quebec that houses the city’s main casino.
TVA Nouvelles reports that around 3pm on Thursday news of the aqueduct breach broke and the evacuation began. According to the report, rather than flooding, the issue was that there was no water supply to the facility that opened on Oct. 9, 1993, and is owned by Société des casinos du Québec.
According to TVA, the break that resulted in the casino and all of its restaurants, including the prestigious French gourmet restaurant L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, having to close, was due to work being done on Rue Pierre-Dupuy.
Following the break, repairs were reportedly made and casino management reportedly announced the reopening just over three hours later at approximately 6:20pm.
Corporate director of public affairs for Loto-Québec, Patrice Lavoie, made the following statement after the casino was reopened, “We would like to thank all our customers for their understanding and to apologize for the inconvenience we have suffered,” according to TVA.
Casino Montreal consists of three interconnected buildings; the French Pavilion, the Québec Pavilion and the annex. The main building has six floors and the annex and the secondary building have four floors. The casino is open 24/7 and boasts a 526,488 square foot gaming floor. More than 3200 slot, video poker, keno and electronic gaming machines make their home within the three structures, as well as 115 gaming tables and the Zone, an interactive, multi-game area where guests can play a variety of electronic games. In addition to L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, there are four other restaurants, three bars, a cabaret and meeting and event space.
The casino is renowned for its truly unique design features.