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Four-Foot Hole Develops In Ft. Wayne, Officials Don't Know Why

Last updated on Monday, April 13, 2009

(FORT WAYNE) - Fort Wayne city officials are investigating what caused a 4-foot hole in the road.

The hole formed Saturday evening.

City workers have not determined the exact cause, but may be the result of a broken pipe. Equipment is being brought in today to help pin down the problem.

Utilities spokesman Frank Suarez says a broken pipe can be attributed to age or general stress and ground shifting. Suarez doesn't believe this collapse is a sinkhole. He says a sinkhole is a depression that is formed by underlying limestone bedrock and is dissolved by ground water.

Last month, the collapse of a 125-year-old city brick sewer pipe triggered a hole 12 feet wide by 15 feet deep.

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