A sinkhole swallowed part of a road in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side this morning, officials said.
City crews have closed off the area around the hole near 124th Street and Wentworth Avenue.
According to an e-mail from Shannon Breymaier of the Mayor's Press Office, the city Department of Water Management is still investigating, but based on what is known now, a leaking water line running from the water main to a home breached a sewer main and washed away the soil underlying the street. The street caved in, breaking an 8-inch water main, resulting in a hole that is about 14 feet deep and 30 feet wide.
The city first got a call about the water leak about 1:30 a.m., Breymaier said.
The city restored water to the homes before midnight, according to a water department spokesman. Until then, the city provideded those homes with bottled water.
After the water main is repaired, the city will then repair the breached sewer main, a task that is expected to take several days, she said. Then they'll start trucking in fill to fill up the hole before repairing the street.
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