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article imageSinkhole opens up and disrupts D.C. traffic during rush hour

By Leigh Goessl     May 21, 2013 in World
Washington - A sinkhole opened up on an intersection in downtown Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. The streets around the sinkhole were closed and this caused problems during rush hour.
This story has been updated
Officials closed the streets surrounding the intersection of 14th and F streets in Northwest Washington after a sinkhole opened up, reported the Washington Post.
Drivers were diverted to other routes while crews arrived on the scene to make repairs to the 15-foot deep hole. It appears some concrete had fallen from higher underground.
"The concrete fell and broke our sewer line, and that compromised all the soil around it," Pamela Mooring, DC Water spokeswoman, said, according to Washington City Paper.
Mooring also said sewer and water service for those in the vicinity will not be disrupted.
Officials are warning commuters and locals the streets could remain closed for two days while crews work around the clock to make repairs. W*USA 9 reported there were two sinkholes and both the District Department of Transportation and DC Water were investigating. Local police were directing traffic to other routes.
WTOP News reported the streets may reopen by Tuesday evening's rush hour. It is hoped a repair is in place by Wednesday afternoon.
No reports of injuries were mentioned in any local media reports.
In March of this year a sinkhole opened up in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington.
Just yesterday it was reported a sinkhole opened up in Northern New Jersey and a warehouse worker driving a forklift received minor injuries after he fell into a 40-by-40-foot sinkhole. He managed to pull himself out of the hole before rescue crews arrived. That incident occurred in East Rutherford.
Update May 23 7:29 a.m. Local media reports have noted the sinkhole will not be fixed until at least Thursday evening, or possibly Friday. According to Georgetown Patch, officials said the fix for the sewer line is "complex". The sewer line is 116 years old.
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