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Giant sinkhole opens up on Detroit's west side

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DETROIT (WJBK) - A giant sinkhole has opened up on Detroit's west side.

The sinkhole is at the intersection of Monterey Street and Linwood, near Elmhurst Street.

Crews have blocked off the intersection and have begun evaluating the damages. The sinkhole is approximately 20 feet wide and 30 feet deep.

The concrete gave way as a contractor from the Water and Sewerage Department was inspecting a dip in the road with a small camera. No one was injured.

Workers tell FOX 2's Randy Wimbley a collapsed sewer riser caused the sinkhole. It eroded the soil underground which caused an 8-inch water line to give way.

Repairs are expected to take weeks.

If a 9-foot sewer line about 38 feet underground is in disrepair because of the sinkhole, that will have to be fixed in addition to the sewer riser and the water line, which will take more time.

Crews tell Wimbley a few cracks stretch out pretty far from the collapse so the sinkhole has some potential to get larger. They are monitoring the situation.
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