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A New 14th Street Sinkhole Swallows Downtown D.C.

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The 14th Street NW sinkhole is alive and well. No, not the one from 2013. This one's brand new.

City officials closed a portion of the 14th street block between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues NW Tuesday because of a large sinkhole caused by sewer problems.

DC Water's Emanuel Briggs says crews are currently on scene assessing the issue and will start repairs as soon as possible. Two of the four northbound lanes on 14th Street NW are closed and will remain closed until the sewage pipes are repaired. Briggs doesn't have a timeline yet, but says the lanes will likely be closed at least through the day.

sinkhole 2The sinkhole is located just blocks away from last year's infamous 15-foot-deep sinkhole at 14th and F streets NW, which was formed when a piece of concrete broke through a sewer line from 1897.  That sinkhole closed portions of north and southbound traffic for more than a week.

And yes: The @14thStSinkhole Twitter account is having a field day:

Photos by Perry Stein

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