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UPDATE: Sinkhole in Dubuque causes road closure

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It wasn't a typical Sunday morning for Andrea Becker.

As she was walking to work, just before 7 o'clock in the morning part of the road caved in. "I was really afraid at first, because I had just driven there seconds ago," she said.

Becker was afraid because of the large sinkhole in the middle of the road in downtown Dubuque near homes and businesses.

The city says it's caused by a water main break. "Immediately almost, I heard this sound behind me and the street had collapsed. And then it kept collapsing," Becker added.

After that, she called police. They blocked off 11th Street between Main and Iowa streets to traffic but that didn't stop curious people wanting to see the massive hole in the ground. "I just think it's really crazy this happened so close to my house. I'm just glad no one got hurt in this situation," said Michael Pulido.

Originally the sinkhole wasn't as big, but crews from the city's water and street department have to make it bigger and get in there to repair the problem. They have been out there for several hours, removing old underground pipes but also repairing a storm sewer which is damaged.

City officials say it'll be several days before the area is open again. 

A water boil advisory is in affect for two apartments, within the same building.

Dubuque city officials say 11th street is scheduled to be reopened Thursday evening.


UPDATE:  A water main break causes a large sinkhole in Dubuque.

11th Street will be closed between Main Street and Iowa Street due an emergency water main break repair.

The street will be closed to through traffic until approximately 5p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. Area businesses and restaurants will be open per their normal schedule during the emergency repairs and road closure.

Parking is available on Main Street and Iowa Street. 

If you have questions regarding this notice, please contact the City's Water Department at 563.589.4291.


A water main break causes a large sinkhole in Dubuque.

It's in the area of 11th and Iowa Streets, and is in the middle of the road.

The police department says crews are working on repairing it.

That means you should probably avoid the area.

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