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UPDATE: Large sinkhole temporarily repaired in Charleston

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Published: Feb. 29, 2016 at 12:34 PM EST
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UPDATE 2/29/16 @ 7:30 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va (WSAZ) -- West Virginia American Water Company crews repaired a large sinkhole in Charleston Monday.

The sinkhole formed in the 1500 block of Washington Street East, between Elizabeth and Maxwell streets.

Crews routed traffic to an alternate lane as they fixed the sinkhole. The road reopened shortly before 5:30 p.m.

The sinkhole was caused by a break in a small water line.

West Virginia American Water Company says no customers were affected by the break or during repair.

Crews filled the hole with gravel, a temporary fix.

A spokesperson with West Virginia American Water Company says a contracted crew will likely need to close that portion of the road later this week to pave the road.


ORIGINAL STORY 2/29/16 @ 12:35 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A large sinkhole has been reported in Charleston.

The sinkhole is located in the area of 1592 Washington Street east near Elizabeth Street. That's near the dog park.

Metro 911 says traffic is down to one lane on Washington Street between Elizabeth Street and Maxwell Street. There's also been a water main break reported in the area.

Drivers are urged to avoid the area. Crews have blocked off the area near the sinkhole.

It's expected to take three to four hours to make the repair.

No other information is at this time.

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