Water main break causes sinkhole on Hwy 212

A boil water notice was lifted Monday evening for Damascus residents

A water main break caused a sinkhole to open up on Hwy 212 in Damascus, July 2, 2017. (CCSO)

DAMASCUS, Ore. (KOIN) — About 1,500 water accounts with Sunrise Water Authority were under a boil water notice because of a water main break in Damascus.

The rupture occurred Sunday afternoon and caused a 20-ft sinkhole onn the 20100 block of Hwy 212, near the Safeway grocery store.

Kim Anderson, the Government Relations Manager for SWA, said crews were out first thing Monday morning to start making repairs to the 8-inch water main. The boil water notice was lifted just before 8 p.m. Monday.

The cause of the break remains under investigation. It’s unknown how much water spilled out before service was cut.

For several hours, Highway 212 was closed in both directions, but one lane was back open a short time later. East and west traffic was alternated by road crews.

Traffic was expected to be back to normal by Tuesday morning.