Water main break leads to collapse of downtown street - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Water main break leads to collapse of downtown street

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A section of a street in downtown Louisville has collapsed with officials saying a water main break caused the cave-in.

According to Kelly Dearing-Smith with the Louisville Water Company, a 20-inch water main broke at Seventh and Hill, near Magnolia, early Monday morning.

The utility has shut Seventh Street between Oak and Hill streets. It has also shut Magnolia Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets.

Dearing-Smith says right now it's more of a traffic issue than a water issue, without 7 customers affected. The water company plans to re-route water to those homes.

She did say that it could take several days to repair the main because of the substantial damage to the street caused by the cave-in.

Dearing-Smith says cold weather could have been a factor, but it's too early to tell. She says they're expecting other calls from customers during upcoming cold weather.

Crews from the Louisville Water Company are currently working 8 other water main breaks, but none as significant as the break at Seventh and Hill.

We'll have a live update coming up on WDRB News.

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