Repairs continue to water main break on Newkirk Street

Repairs continued Monday to a water main break at Canton Industrial Park that had created a sinkhole over the weekend on South Newkirk Street, city Department of Public Works officials said.

No one was injured and there was no property damage in Saturday's main break, which occurred when an underground pipe ruptured in the 1800 block of S. Newkirk St. near Holabird Avenue at 7:32 p.m. The main break spouted water into the air and caused a portion of the street to collapse, but the area has no homes and is used primarily by trucks, Department of Public Works spokeswoman Tiffani J. Church said Saturday.

Church said that Newkirk Street was closed Saturday between Boston Street and Keith Avenue while public works crews made repairs.

On Monday, Church said that water was turned off in the area as officials repaired a main pipe that was cracked vertically due to stress and age. The cast iron pipe dates to the 1920s, she said. The pipe has been removed and there was no loss of water service to the area, Church said.

Traffic in the area has been rerouted, said Church, who did not say how long it would take to repair the main.

Church said that on Saturday evening a small section of the Canton community reported discolored water and said that the system was flushed to clear the water.

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