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A water main break caused a section of Butler Avenue near the intersection with North 20th Street to collapse. Work to repair the water main, sewer and street is expected to begin Monday and take a few days. (Maria Lockwood)

Superior Telegram

A water main break caused a hole more than 10 feet deep to open in Butler Avenue near the intersection with North 20th Street Wednesday. Neighbors said that section of street had buckled, leaving a depression about three feet wide and 10 inches deep. Cracking was evident on the surface of the depression. A backhoe was brought in and with one tap the section collapsed, according to neighbors.

The force of the water from the break damaged the combined sewer in the area, according to Todd Janigo, assistant director of public works for Superior. The blast of water washed material down the sewer, creating a void under the street. A similar water main break damaged a section of East Second Street by Culver’s Restaurant earlier this year.

“If there’s a depression in the road and it’s alligator cracking or spiderweb cracking that would be something to call us about and we can investigate,” Janigo said.

City and Superior Water, Light and Power crews will work together to fix the water main and sewer in the area, then repair the street. It should take a couple of days for the repair, Janigo said, depending on the weather.