Water Main Break Floods Basements In Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Several homes and businesses in one Minneapolis neighborhood are dealing with flooded basements after a water main break.

The 24-inch water main blew out about 3 a.m. Saturday morning on the 200 block of Lowry Avenue NE. It sent water flowing into at least a dozen businesses and homes.

The water main is buried about 8 feet under the street.

The water had been turned off while repairs were being made. A city spokesperson said that should take between 36 to 48 hours.

The spokesperson said the water main break affected between 10-12 buildings and they won’t have water until segments of the pipe are replaced.

Donald Cugla says he heard something in the middle of the night but didn’t notice the three feet of water in his basement until he woke Saturday morning.

“The chest deep freezer was floating and there was all kinds of other stuff that normally you didn’t even know was down there was floating around,” he said.

A portion of the street was also affected, which meant the gas line had to be shut off until the repairs were completed.

City workers have not determined what caused the water main break.

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