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Associated Press, Published January 03 2013

VIDEO: Main break floods Minneapolis streets, disrupts water service

MINNEAPOLIS — Crews are responding to a water main break that has flooded streets in downtown Minneapolis.

Marie Asgian, the city's superintendent of water distribution, says the break was caused when an excavation contractor working for a utility company was working near the pipe shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday.

The break happened at Hennepin and Second Street North. Water surged through nearby streets.

Asgian tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/UL2fFV) the cast-iron pipe will be repaired by cutting it and placing a sleeve over the break. She said that will happen after the break is isolated.

The main is one of several major pipes carrying water across downtown to distribute through Minneapolis. Water service was affected as far south as Lake of the Isles.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com


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