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Sinkhole repair underway in downtown Minneapolis

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 9, 2013 - 12:57 PM

A water main break that sent gallons of water rushing into the intersection of 6th Street and 2nd Avenue and onto I-394 during Tuesday's morning commute has left Target Center without water service and has forced a health club and restaurant to close.

City officials said they are not sure how long it will take to fix the mid-size sink hole that opened just outside downtown Minneapolis arena, where Minnesota Lynx are supposed to play the Atlanta Dream at 8 p.m. A Lynx spokesman says he expects the game to be played as scheduled.

"We are in limbo," said Hubert's General Manager Mike Christensen. He said the eatery on the Sixth Street side of the arena won't be able to open until water service is restored.

The pipe rupture also has curtailed activity at the LifeTime Fitness Center. On a normal Tuesday, about 1,500 people would use the health club. But today, the doors are closed.

Spokeswoman Kari Martin hope repairs can be made soon "so our phones will stop ringing."

It appears that Target Center is the only building without water service, said city spokesman Casper Hill.

City crews have been on the scene since shortly after 7 a.m. when the pipe burst.and flooded 2nd Avenue between 6th and 7th Street. That street remains closed.

The incident, which happened around 7 a.m., also caused water to flow onto nearby Interstate 394 and flood ramps at 6th Street and 4th Street. The State Patrol closed both ramps for about 30 minutes, leaving commuters with the options of exiting at 12th Street or 3rd Street.

The 4th Street and 6th Street ramps reopened about 7:30 a.m.

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