Massive sinkhole disrupts St. Louis neighborhood

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | 10:10 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — A massive sinkhole in a St. Louis neighborhood could simply be the result of old age.

The sinkhole emerged recently in the Lafayette Square neighborhood. KSDK-TV reports it is 14 feet deep and 25 feet long.

Metropolitan Sewer District officials say problems beneath the surface began when a brick sewer line dating to the 1870s gave way, causing the sinkhole. MSD crews are excavating the line and determining how much needs to be replaced.

Other Missouri communities have had sinkhole problems in recent years, including several in Cape Girardeau and a big one on Broadway in Hannibal earlier this year.

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