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A car drives through the deep water covering the intersection of Lake Avenue and Superior Street in Duluth early Tuesday evening. A 16-inch water main burst, downtown flooding Superior Street from First Avenue West to First Avenue East. Clint Austin / Forum News Service

Big water main break causes flooding in downtown Duluth

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DULUTH, Minn. - A 16-inch water main burst late Tuesday afternoon on Superior Street in downtown Duluth, sending water gushing down the street, across Lake Avenue and into some nearby businesses.


Howard Jacobsen, manager of water and gas delivery for the city, said crews were on the scene quickly trying to shut off three valves needed to stop the torrent of water that was flowing down Superior Street to First Avenue East and then down to Michigan Street.

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