UPDATE: Underpass Reopens, but Water Main Break Causes Road Damage


The 10th Street north overpass in Fargo has reopened after having to be shut down Thursday morning due to flooding. A water main break flooded the underpass at 4th Avenue north.

Thousands of gallons of water gushed from the 12-inch main. It filled fast and the water was described "feet deep".

Since this is a major travel route, that created a traffic mess, just in time for the morning commute. The underpass was shut down for about four hours.

When the main broke, the water moved with such force it buckled 6th Avenue. Crews moved in right away to start the cleanup and repairs. Public Works Supervisor Lee Anderson tells Valley News Live it is going to take some time to get the street back in shape.

This is, at least, the third major break in this area over the past few years. The main is estimated to be at least 60 to 70 years old.

A water main break could cause trouble for your morning commute in north Fargo.

The break is flooding the 10th Street and 4th Avenue north underpass. Traffic is being diverted to 4th Street north.

Lee Anderson with Fargo Public Works tells Valley News Live it's likely the underpass will remain closed until at least 8:00 Thursday morning and possibly even longer.

Anderson says the lift station in that underpass is small and the water main that broke was big, spilling out thousands of gallons of water.