Water main break floods downtown Minneapolis

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Video: Water main break in downtown Mpls. flooding streets

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  • MINNEAPOLIS - City crews are trying to fix a big water main break in downtown Minneapolis. Police have closed Hennepin Avenue at Washington Avenue. It has affected water service for a large portion of the city, south of the Mississippi River and as far south as Lake of the Isles.

    The City of Minneapolis says the water main break is at Hennepin Avenue and 2nd Street North. They are warning people to avoid the area if possible.

    City officials say private contractors working on a construction project ruptured a 36-inch water main that delivers water to a large portion of the city.

    In a new release, officials say "Most businesses and residents who are experiencing a disruption in service are expected to have water service restored this evening. It will take longer to restore service in the immediate area around the break, generally along 2nd Street from 3rd Avenue North to Marquette Avenue South. At this time, it is not known how long those four blocks may be without water."

    The Guthrie Theater and Sea Change restaurant are closed for the evening. If you have plans to go downtown Thursday evening, please check ahead to see if the business or activity is open.


    The private contractors, who ruptured the line, released this statement: "At approximately 2:30 PM, while our subcontractor, United Sewer and Water, was doing work near a City of Minneapolis water line, the line ruptured. We are currently investigating the cause of the accident. The incident occurred on the site of our 222 Hennepin apartment project, located on the corner of Hennepin and Washington Avenues. We are relieved to report that no one was injured as a result of the accident and the site has been evacuated. We are actively working with Minneapolis City officials to shut off the line so that repairs can be made. Further questions should be directed to the City of Minneapolis Public Works department."

    Several bus routes in downtown Minneapolis are on detour due to the water main break. Here's a list:

    Route 4
    Northbound: Hennepin, Washington, 3rd Ave Bridge/Central, 4th St SE, Hennepin Ave E.
    Southbound: Hennepin Ave E, University, Central/3rd Ave Bridge, Washington, Hennepin

    Route 6U
    Northbound: Hennepin, Washington, 3rd Ave Bridge/Central, University
    Southbound: 4th St SE, Central/3rd Ave Bridge, Washington, Hennepin

    Route 7
    1st St. N., 3rd Ave N, Washington Ave., Hennepin, 4th St & reg.

    Route 61
    Central, Washington and Hennepin in both directions.

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