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Costs continue to climb following Minneapolis water main break

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    Friday, January 4 2013 11:42 AM EST2013-01-04 16:42:11 GMT
    Crews continue to clean-up the northeast side of downtown Minneapolis after a large water main break Thursday afternoon flooded Hennepin Avenue from the Hennepin bridge to Washington Avenue
    Crews continue to clean-up the northeast side of downtown Minneapolis after a large water main break Thursday afternoon flooded Hennepin Avenue from the Hennepin bridge to Washington Avenue
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -

Minneapolis officials say it's too early to estimate the cost of a water-main break that sent 14 million gallons of water gushing into downtown streets this week.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report said insurance is likely to cover some of the costs, which continue to rise as cleanup crews work around the clock. City leaders say they will try to recoup any additional costs from those responsible for rupturing the water main.

City Engineer Steve Kotke said workers will be working on overtime for the whole weekend. He says officials don't even have a ballpark estimate of costs.

The break happened Thursday when an excavation contractor was working near the pipe when a backhoe ruptured the main.

Dozens of businesses had to close down and send workers home early. Days later, a half a dozen buildings in the immediate area were still without water; however, city officials estimate service will be fully restored by 10 p.m. on Sunday.

After the water is restored, officials say it will be available for household tasks -- but officials will need another 24 hours to ensure it is drinkable. Residents are urged to boil their water before drinking it during that period.

At a nearby U.S. Postal Service Building, dozens of postal vehicles and employee cars got swamped, causing an estimated minimum of $500,000 in damage. Up to 50 vehicles remain submerged in the underground parking garage, and officials say Monday could be the earliest that clean-up crews can reach those cars.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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