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Two water main breaks in old pipes cause sinkholes in downtown Kansas City

Big sinkhole closes downtown street

A sinkhole that occurred Wednesday afternoon has closed the street near 13th and Baltimore in downtown Kansas City.
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A sinkhole that occurred Wednesday afternoon has closed the street near 13th and Baltimore in downtown Kansas City.

Breaks in two old water lines in downtown Kansas City within three days this week have streets blocked while crews make repairs.

The latest opened a sinkhole Friday morning at Ninth and Walnut streets.

Brooke Givens, a spokeswoman for the Water Services Department, said the 10-inch main there was laid in 1895. Water department crews are working to replace the main.

A separate 10-inch water main, laid in 1920, broke Wednesday at 13th Street and Baltimore Ave., also opening a hole in the street. A contract crew working to replace that pipe discovered a storm water line that also needed repair. A city crew was working on that Friday.

Givens said the water department tries to fix breaks within 24 hours.

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