Nicollet Mall reportedly at risk of collapse following water main break [UPDATE]

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Jason DeRusha on Twitter
:: ORIGINAL POST :: 2:50 p.m.

A water main broke under Nicollet Mall this afternoon, raising concerns that the street could collapse. WCCO anchor Jason DeRusha tweeted the above picture of workers pumping water from under the street.

"[I]t's 10 times worse underground," DeRusha wrote.

A little after 2:40, DeRusha shared another picture. "The Victor 2100 is here. It's getting serious," he wrote.

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Jason DeRusha on Twitter
Moments ago, WCCO reported:
As of 2:15 p.m., there was reportedly still water coming into the basements of the buildings adjacent to the corner of 10th and Nicollet. By some reports, there was 3 feet of water in some basements.
An officer told WCCO that crews closed off the street over concerns that the water could compromise the street and potentially cause a collapse.

:: UPDATE :: 3:30 p.m.

Good news. Nicollet Mall is still a going concern.

Jonathan Blake just tweeted the below photo, along with the message: "Nicollet Mall is still there."

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:: UPDATE :: 4 p.m.

City of Minneapolis spokesman Matt Lindstrom says Nicollet Mall between 10th and 11th streets downtown will remain closed overnight.

Lindstrom said water service is disrupted to the old Let It Be Records building, 1001 Nicollet Avenue, but not to any other properties.

Asked by City Pages about WCCO's report that Nicollet Mall could collapse as a result of the water main break, Lindstrom said, "That I don't know... We're closing it down just as a precaution."


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20 comments
dukecityxpat
dukecityxpat

@AllwaysUnmended Ok, if a giant sinkhole takes down my work (I'm on 8th & Nicollet), do I still get paid?

Ray Minneapolis
Ray Minneapolis

I'm calling it a false flag in order to demolish the Let It Be Building.. Forced Development behind is schedule. Here comes a new skyscraper!

JenMDesign
JenMDesign

Omg @citypages, stop with the fucking updates already! Nothing has even happened, chill till you got something real to report.

jriversmn
jriversmn

@nelsonm Wow! No one at the office has said anything about this yet, so they must not know. Thanks.

HarkenToMyCall
HarkenToMyCall

@citypages dang. the Michael Bay-iest part of me really wanted it to collapse.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Just a minor quibble.  Can we lose the cliche, "reached out?"  I bet Jason DeRusha did not "reach out" to City Pages.  I bet he "asked" City Pages not to cite him as a source.  Unless he grabbed your ass, which would be another, and perhaps more interesting story.  Let's not say "reached out" unless somebody reaches out.  When they phone, or e-mail, or send a text message, how about we just say that, instead.

amycrea
amycrea

@SarahRebekkah Love the typo in that first sentence: a water man broke?? Oh noes!

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

"About 20 minutes ago, WCCO's Jason DeRusha reported on Twitter that a water MAN broke under Nicollet Mall." Nice proof reading before posting.

DeRushaJ
DeRushaJ

@atrupar i'm not covering this story to be clear - so i'm not sure i would cite me as a knowledgable source on this.

Chymberleigh
Chymberleigh

@dukecityxpat @AllwaysUnmended Yes, because there's no way it was caused by an employee!

AllwaysUnmended
AllwaysUnmended

@dukecityxpat I don't know? Try not to fall into Neverwhere.

SarahRebekkah
SarahRebekkah

@amycrea Right! What was that guy doing down there anyways. ;)

atrupar
atrupar

@DeRushaJ Can't DM you, but thanks for the note. Story has been updated.

amycrea
amycrea

@SarahRebekkah We could rewrite the lyrics of Rocket Man.

DeRushaJ
DeRushaJ

@atrupar no problem! thanks for following - i'm following you now too

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