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UPDATE: Quarrier Street Closed Due to Sinkhole Repairs

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UPDATE 7/10/14 @ 9:20 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews have once again shut down a portion of Quarrier Street in Charleston to make repairs to a large sinkhole.

The sinkhole was reported Wednesday afternoon. It was about 10-feet long, 5-feet wide, and 6-feet deep.

City Leaders initially thought the problem was a sewer line break, which would have taken a week or more to fix. However, it turns out the problem is a broken storm drain pipe.

Quarrier Street from Brooks Street to Morris Street will be closed all day as repairs are made.

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ORIGINAL STORY 7/9/14 @ 7:50 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A massive sinkhole is tying up traffic Wednesday evening in downtown Charleston.

This affects the area near Quarrier and Brooks streets.

Metro 911 dispatchers told WSAZ.com that the sinkhole is 10-feet long, 5-feet wide and 6-feet deep.

The intersection is closed until further notice.

"I think if I would have hit this, it would have made for a bad day," said Tom McCarthy, "a really bad day."

Charleston Sanitary Board crews said the sinkhole was caused by a broken clay storm drain pipe. They are continuing to work on it, expecting to dig it out and fill it with gravel overnight.

"What you're seeing on the surface is actually below the surface is much larger," said Captain Marshall Henthorn with the Charleston Fire Department. "It extends back quite a ways."

The area will then need to be paved and should be open soon, crews say.

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