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First Street closed in both directions around sinkhole

A huge sinkhole caused by a water main break has forced a portion of First Street to be closed.

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A huge sinkhole caused by a water main break has forced a portion of First Street to be closed. (GRAEME BRUCE/BRANDON SUN)

A sinkhole that could swallow a vehicle — or two, maybe three — has forced a portion of First Street to be closed. However, the city estimates that it could re-open Friday night by about 10 p.m.

The sink hole was caused by a watermain break, according to a worker at the scene. It was first identified as a potential problem Thursday night and was barricaded then, but collapsed and caved in on itself sometime Friday morning.

By early afternoon First Street between Lorne Avenue and Princess Avenue had been closed to all southbound traffic. The city later posted a full closure to southbound lanes between Kirkcaldy Drive to Victoria Avenue. At 5 p.m., the city expanded that closure to include the northbound lanes, from Victoria Avenue to Princess Avenue.

Since the road is a part of Highway 1A through the city, the province also issued a formal closure of the southbound lanes from the Assiniboine River on.

Workers on scene are currently assessing the damage and crews are being called in to repair the watermain break this evening, then to restore First Street for traffic.

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