A large flood caused by a broken water main has closed a portion of Queen Street West and resulted in the evacuation of several nearby buildings.

The breach happened shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday near Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue.

Toronto police warned of large amounts of water on the road.

Toronto Hydro and Water along with Fire Services attended the scene.

The south side of Queen Street West will remain closed overnight between Strachan and Gore Vale avenues for repairs.