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Newport Beach

Burst water main opens sinkhole

October 08, 2009|Raja Abdulrahim

A 90-square-foot section of road collapsed in Newport Beach early Wednesday after a water main broke near Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, covering a block-long area with as much as 6 inches of water.

City utility crews were notified about the problem along Via Lido, near Newport Boulevard, about 1 a.m., but when they shut off the broken 20-inch pipeline, the road began caving in, said Tara Finnigan, spokeswoman for the city of Newport Beach.

The sinkhole grew to 10 feet deep, but no businesses or homes flooded, and only one commercial site was without water.

Full repair is expected today.

-- Raja Abdulrahim

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