An apparent water main break created soggy conditions for some Minneapolis residents early Sunday morning, forcing dozens to evacuate their homes.
Neighbors in the area say the ordeal began with a loud noise, and things got wet really fast after the mater main broke at 7th Street S. and Portland Avenue, a few blocks west of Hennepin County Medical Center around 4:20 a.m.
Crews say a square-foot hole burst in the 12-inch water main, sending water flooding into the streets and gushing into some nearby apartments after breaking several windows at the Sexton building. A couple of intersections were closed for part of the morning as residents sloshed their way through knee-deep water.
The water was shut off during the day and crews were able to tidy up the mess by nightfall, restoring the water service to the area; however, one lane of traffic remained blocked off on Portland Avenue and many of the residents of the 123-unit building that was evacuated may not be able to return for days due to the damage.
No details regarding the cause of the break was provided; however, some of the water mains in that area are more than 100 years old. The main that broke on Sunday dates back to the late 1800s, according to the city of Minneapolis.