Costs sure to rise in Minneapolis water main break

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT, KELLY SMITH, and ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: January 4, 2013 - 11:42 PM

City can't yet estimate the cost of flood damage as crews work round-the-clock.

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davosisJan. 4, 13 8:18 AM

Whoops!

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mnnative5Jan. 4, 13 8:31 AM

I must say i'm impressed they fixed it over night in the cold... yeesh.

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recce61Jan. 4, 1310:03 AM

Besides the post office building, were any of the buildings flooded and/or damaged. That is a missing part of this story.

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evilgrimaceJan. 4, 1310:03 AM

Just another one of RT Rybak's outrageously expensive drinking fountains... nothing to see here, folks!

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fatherofsonsJan. 4, 1310:06 AM

Some article mentioned that the Federal Reserve had a flooded basement.... We would like to know the extent of damage, loss of inventory :- ), etc..

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MinfidelJan. 4, 1310:24 AM

The Federal Reserve was already underwater. This incident was just an object lesson.

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redmccombJan. 4, 1310:48 AM

For average person may seem like an honest unfortunate mistake but it's actually a big one. When you dig close to water main one or two guys shovel a foot or two, poke around the dirt to make sure that a backhoe can dig another thin layer and so on. Were they taking all the precautions? Was there a foreman?Unfortunately knowing that there is no accountability, no matter what, city workers tend to keep the guard low and be very casual when they shouldn't.

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mrraj06Jan. 4, 1311:17 AM

@redmccomb-I'm not really sure what city workers have to do with this. It was a private company doing the excavating.

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jee7654Jan. 4, 1311:27 AM

It is really fortunate that there were no fires in the affected areas while the water was off. The Minneapolis stations probably don't have many tankers in their inventory and they would need to call for assistance from neighboring departments. I assume this would be covered in their contingency plans.

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bosshogJan. 4, 1311:31 AM

Why do people presume bottled water is safer?

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