Updated: 10/21/2013 7:47 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste
It was a rude awakening for tenants in a downtown Minneapolis apartment Sunday morning.
According to the city of Minneapolis, a 12-inch water main broke around 4 a.m. between Seventh and Eighth Streets.
Crews isolated the break and turned off the water, but the Sexton building and two other nearby buildings were left without water service.
The city says shutting down a water main means finding the source of the break, then turning off nearby valves to isolate the break and stop the flow of water. The water service was restored to the area early Sunday evening.
The water knocked out power at the Sexton and flooded the lower level units. As of Sunday at 10 p.m., the power was still out.
Some residents are now staying at hotels. KSTP is told that anything in the units is a total loss.
The city says it will be investigating a cause.
This is the fourth notable water main break this year in Minneapolis. Last month, businesses on St. Anthony Main had to close temporarily. In July, a water main broke downtown, temporarily cutting off water to Target Center. In January a huge break near downtown spilled 14 million gallons of water, which flooded Hennepin Avenue.