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Downtown Manchester water main causes massive sinkhole; 4 cars removed

June 16. 2018 8:47PM

MANCHESTER - A massive surge of unknown origin blew open an underground water main on Langdon Street downtown near the intersection with Canal Street, according to Manchester Water Works officials.

The water leak underground was so significant it created a sinkhole in the street that was about 25 yards long.

Tow-truck crews then had to lift into the air and remove four parked cars that had fallen into the sunken pavement.

The break shut off power for much of Saturday to an adjacent apartment building and part of a retail commercial plaza on Canal Street that included a sandwich shop.

"We should have everyone back later today and also the street reopened as well," said Mark Bourque, operations superintendent for Manchester Water Works.

"We coordinate well with the Department of Public Works on events like this."

The age of the water main was linked to its collapse.

"The infrastructure is 1968 so that's not like the much older vintage that can exist in our system," Bourque said.

"This one is a fortunate event. No one was injured, all the cars have been safely removed and folks should all get their service back during the weekend."

Manchester Water Works officials will continue to investigate the cause and it may be relevant that there was a water main break a short distance up Langdon toward Elm Street last November, Bourque added.

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