Sewer line collapses in St. Paul

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A sewer line collapse has closed a major St. Paul intersection.

A giant crater opened alongside the road when the line collapsed Friday morning.

The collapse happened at the intersection of Johnson Parkway and Phalen (FAY’-luhn) Boulevard. The sinkhole is an estimated 25 feet across and 25 feet deep.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( ) reports the busy intersection will be shut down for several days. The site is just north of the Hmong Village shopping plaza, a popular weekend destination.

No one was hurt during the collapse. The sewer line is operated by Metropolitan Council Environmental Services.

A spokesman for Metropolitan Council Environmental Services says it’s too soon to tell what exactly caused the sinkhole but says it was likely natural corrosion of the concrete sewer.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,

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