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Water pipe break floods 11 St. Anthony Main businesses

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Tables and chairs aloft inside Aster Cafe | Greg Kellogg, FOX 9 News Tables and chairs aloft inside Aster Cafe | Greg Kellogg, FOX 9 News
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Crews are working to clear an overnight water pipe break that hit St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis.

Officials believe the flooding was caused by an old pipe that burst on 2nd Street. A city of Minneapolis spokesman said the pipe is a private line, not a city line.

Water rushed into eleven businesses in the area -- as of 7:30 a.m., some of them were under four feet of water.

"There were heavy pieces of furniture and filing cabinets flying through here -- canoes could have paddled through the building," said John Rimarcik, who owns one of the flooded buildings.

Local business owner Bill Neuenschwander said while the flooding does take a toll on earnings, owners are not focused on the money at the moment, but rather, they're helping crews contain the water instead of serving customers. Many of the businesses are expected to remain closed Thursday and Friday.

"Everybody's happy that this is no loss of life, but this is a bad flood," Neuenschwander said.

Inside the Aster Cafe, workers have mounted the venue's eclectic chairs and tables off the ground to avoid water damage.

Repair and cleanup will take about three days – bad news for a wedding scheduled for Saturday. The Segway tour operator has also had to cancel some reservations

Follow Stephanie Gailhard @stephifox9 on Twitter for more updates as the cleanup ensues.

WHAT'S WITH THE WATER MAIN BREAKS?

Water main breaks seemed like a regular occurrence this past winter and spring, with busted pipes in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Coon Rapids, Robbinsdale, Wayzata and other metro communities.

A water main that was struck by a construction crew near Hennepin Ave. last January flooded downtown Minneapolis streets with 14 million gallons of water.

AGING INFRASTRUCTURE

A report last year from the American Water Works Association found a large portion of the nation's water infrastructure is nearing the end of its lifespan, and it calls for a $1 trillion investment in the next 25 years.

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