Clean-Up Continues After Water Main Break in Minneapolis

Updated: 01/04/2013 12:24 PM By: Leslie Dyste

Clean-up continues after a water main break flooded streets in downtown Minneapolis Thursday.

Private contractors working on a development project at Hennepin Avenue and 2nd Street North hit and ruptured the 36-inch water main around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

The water main break impacted traffic, water pressure and businesses across the city.


The City of Minneapolis has reopened most streets that were closed due to the water main break.

As of 9:30 a.m. Friday all downtown streets are open except:

Water Service

A 3-block stretch of businesses and apartments down 2nd St. N between Hennepin Avenue and 3rd Ave. N are still without water, and Minneapolis Public Works estimates they'll be without water until Sunday.

The water is safe to drink, according to officials. As service resumes, anyone who sees cloudy or discolored water is advised to let the water run until the discoloration goes away.

City crews worked overnight to repair the ruptured transmission line that serves a large portion of the city. The broken line was isolated from the rest of the system, allowing water pressure to return to normal.

About 14 million gallons of water flowed out of the system following the break, officials say.

A parking garage in the area of the break flooded with about five feet of water, according to a maintenance worker. Water service disruptions reached as far away as Lake of the Isles and Uptown.

Business Impacts

Thursday evening's performance of 'The Servant of Two Masters' at the Guthrie was canceled due to the incident. Dozens of downtown businesses closed their doors for the night due to the water service disruption.

Company Involved in Water Main Break

Ryan Companies said its subcontractor, United Sewer and Water, was doing work in the area when the line ruptured. No one was injured in the incident, and the site was evacuated.