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Sewer collapse downtown forces emergency road closures

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A sewer collapse downtown is forcing several emergency road closures. 

Metropolitan Sewer District discovered a cave-in of the roadway near East Main and South Hancock Streets. The collapse is due to a failure in a 102-inch concrete sewer pipe that was installed in 1948. 

East Main Street will be closed indefinitely between South Clay Street and South Jackson Street. South Hancock Street will be closed from East Washington Street to Billy Goat Strut Alley. 

MSD said repairs could take weeks. Crews will have to wait until after this weekend's expected heavy rains before they can begin repair work. 

"Getting more rain or more water into that cavern, into that sewer, could exacerbate the sewer even further, but we are getting prepared," said Tony Parrott, Executive Director for MSD. "But in the meanwhile, we have to barricade the street off as a way to make that repair." 

MetroSafe said barricades are in place, but advised people to expect detours delays near Louisville Slugger Field and in the NuLu neighborhood until repairs are made. The entrance to Louisville Slugger Field parking at Main and South Jackson streets remains open.

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