Water main break causes major sinkhole, road damage in Garfield

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A major sinkhole has formed in Garfield following a water main break that was reported last week.

Photographs provided and shared on social media by neighbors depict a large, gaping hole swallowing bricks on Dearborn Street.

Channel 11 went to check out the damage on Tuesday. The hole had been covered, but additional damage was visible, with parts of the roadway buckling in other areas across the block.

Resident Alexis Arthrell told us that the break also damaged a sewer line.

“I hope they fix it ... and they do it in a timely fashion so we can get back to normal here,” Arthrell said.

Several neighbors told Channel 11 that they spotted Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority crews on the block earlier Tuesday morning, but that they left abruptly before making any repairs.

A PWSA spokesperson told us that the workers were diverted to another emergency.

As of Tuesday afternoon, crews had returned to the street. The spokesman told us that the sewage issue would be repaired by the end of the evening. Crews will ensure the road is passable, but final restoration of the damaged roadway will take “a while longer,” the spokesman said.

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