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A car is surrounded by water on East Superior Street in Duluth on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, after a 16-inch water main burst downtown flooding Superior Street from First Avenue West to First Avenue East. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Water main break floods downtown Duluth street, businesses

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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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