Road reopens after water main break causes flooding, massive sinkhole

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A street was left covered in mud following a water main break in the Home Park neighborhood near Georgia Tech on Tuesday. Crews worked around the clock to try to reopen the roadway in time for Wednesday morning's commute.

It happened at the intersection of 14th and State streets. A section of the pavement there gave way and left a giant sinkhole.

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Thousands of gallons of drinking water rushed down the street carrying the dirt and clay from the sinkhole. Homeowners compared it to a river, albeit a muddy one.

Lillian Govus, with Atlanta Watershed Management, said it is fortunate no vehicles were in the intersection at the time. Despite initial reports, no nearby water customers have reported any outages. But some nearby business were impacted due to the blocked roadways.



Crews worked well into the evening and early Wednesday morning to pump the water from the sinkhole and begin to repair the break.They believe the break may have been caused by an old pipe. 

The road was passable just shortly after midnight, but didn't fully reopen until Wednesday morning.

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