Crews spent hours fixing a sinkhole in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday after a water main burst near the Target Center at about 7 a.m. Water service was restored to the area shortly before 6 p.m.
A hole about 6 inches wide and 3 feet long opened up after a 16-inch pipe installed in the late 1800s began to leak. A little later in the morning, the rupture created a large sinkhole on 2nd Avenue south.
Water flooded the intersection of 6th Street and 2nd Avenue South. The area between 6th and 7th streets remains closed.
The WNBA's Minnesota Lynx are scheduled to play the Atlanta Dream at Target Center at 8 p.m. The team expected the game to continue as plans, but administrators spent a stressful day preparing for the worst just in case.
The flooding forced both Lifetime Fitness and Hubert's restaurant to close, but cheers erupted inside the eatery when water began to flow again at 5:47 p.m. The Hubert's entrance on the 6th Street side of the arena will remain closed until the break is cleared.
Target Center appeared to be the only building affected, city spokesman Casper Hill said.
Earlier Tuesday morning, water rushed onto Interstate 394 and flooded ramps at 6th and 4th streets. The Minnesota State Patrol closed both ramps for about 30 minutes, forcing commuters to exit at either 12th Street or 3rd Street from the freeway. Both ramps have since reopened.
The city of Minneapolis expects part of 2nd Avenue to reopen in time for the Wednesday morning commute.