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Broken water main creates sinkhole in Southwest Baltimore

A broken 10-inch-wide water main in Southwest Baltimore caused a sinkhole to open on Frederick Avenue near its intersection with East Lynne Avenue late Tuesday night, according to city officials.

The water main was shut off quickly and Frederick Avenue was closed at the intersection, in the city's Mill Hill neighborhood, said Kurt Kocher, a public works spokesman.

About 100 homes in the southwest neighborhood remained without water Wednesday, as crews arrived early to begin repairs to the pipe, he said. Police were on the scene helping to divert traffic. The break did not affect other utilities in the area.

City crews handled two other water problems Tuesday. A 10-inch water main broke during repairs to the two-block stretch of Light Street downtown that has been closed to traffic since a larger pipe erupted there July 16. Workers replaced the pipe by the end of the day and repaving is proceeding on schedule, officials said. Light Street is expected to reopen to traffic Monday.

On the city's East North Avenue corridor between Belair Road and Aisquith Street, about 300 residents spent a day without water as repairs continued on a broken valve. That work would prevent another large main failure, officials said.

Mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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