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UPDATED: Casper police report sinkhole near 8th Street, Long Lane

A sinkhole in the area of East 8th Street and Long Lane. (Photo by Sundea Wood)

CASPER, Wyo. — A sinkhole has developed in the road near East 8th Street and Long Lane, the Casper Police Department reported Monday night.

City of Casper Public Works crews have shut off the streets in that area, and they are working to assess damages, Police Lt. Jeff Bullard said in a news release.

Police said recent heavy rains were a likely contributor. At the scene, crews with the city’s Water Distribution Department said there was a water line break and a storm sewer break in the area.

“In 8–10 years, we’ve never seen anything this size,” said Krista Johnston, City of Casper sewer and stormwater manager.

City of Casper crews assess a sinkhole that opened in the area of East 8th Street and Long Lane on Monday. (Greg Hirst/Oil City News)

The public is asked to plan alternative routes when traveling to and from homes in that area.

“Please remain out of the area and allow these crews to safely address the issue,” Bullard said, adding that no other services have been affected at this time.

“We ask the public to be aware of damages to the roadway, and report anything concerning right away,” Bullard said. “Citizens reporting issues can contact the city dispatch center using the non-emergency number, 307-235-8278.”

A sinkhole in the area of East 8th Street and Long Lane. (Photo by Sundea Wood)

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