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City crews tackle large sinkhole

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – A massive sink hole that left dozens of Albany residents without water over the weekend.

Tuesday city crews will finally begin work near the hole on 16th avenue to find out what caused the water main break and begin the long process of repairing the road.

On 16th avenue near Seaboard drive the sinkhole is about 15 feet deep, filled with dirty for safety reasons, and dangerous. That's why the area is blocked off and the road is closed.

Albany Public Works and Water Gas and Light crews say their priority is figuring out the cause of the water main break.

Around noon Sunday thousands of gallons of gushing water washed away the asphalt at the corner of 16th and Seaboard closing off the street and shutting off water to the neighborhood. Residents here were without water for several hours.

Public works officials say once they figure out the why, the next step will be removing the dirt and inspecting the old pipes to see how much damage was done and what repairs need to be made.

Public Works and WG&L crews were supposed to begin their work Monday but they held off because of the rain.

It could take several weeks to make the necessary repairs and get the road back to driving condition.

That means this section of 16th avenue could be closed for quite some time. Just remember the caution blocks are up for a reason, the hole is very deep, stay away from the area and especially keep children away.

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