MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A small portion of downtown Minneapolis remains closed to traffic after a major watermainbreaksent 14 million gallons ofwatergushing into city streets.
An area near the Hennepin Ave. bridge was closed Friday. Public works director Steve Kotke says the city wants to make sure the rushingwaterdidn't undermine the pavement or underground utilities. Kotke says about a half-dozen buildings in a three-block area are likely to be withoutwateruntil Saturday evening.
The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/UMHGZZ) says thewatermainbreakhappened Thursday afternoon when an excavation contractor was working near the pipe. Thewatermaindeliverswaterto a large portion of Minneapolis.
Some businesses left without plumbing sent employees home. The flooding also snarled afternoon traffic.