Duluth mops up after major water main break

7:38 AM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
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DULUTH, Minn.  - It wasn't exactly the summer flood of 2012, but Superior Street in downtown Duluth looked more like a river Tuesday night thanks to a major break in a large but outdated water main.

Officials say the culprit is a 16" pipe from 1887.

Duluth Police say the break happened between 1st Avenue West and Lake near Minnesota Power. Eastbound Superior Street between 1st Avenue West and Lake Avenue will remain closed through at least Wednesday morning.

Crews worked through the night to repair and clean up the street, but the going was slow due to a large amount of underground utilities in the area.

Water appeared to be pouring into the Electric Fetus, among other buildings, on the lower side of the street.

Dan Berg, Utilities Operations Supervisor for the City of Duluth, tells the Duluth News Tribune that the burst was most likely caused by fluctuating temperatures which could have caused some pressure to the main line.

Officials hope to have the road repaired by Thursday, but it's up in the air as crews continue to investigate the damages.

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