Giant sinkhole in Kansas City has grown and will take several days to fix

A sinkhole nearly 20 feet deep on Gillham Road near Armour Boulevard won’t be a quick fix, a Kansas City official said Tuesday.

The problem was reported about 3:15 a.m. Monday in the 3500 block of Gillham.

The sinkhole formed after a 10-inch water main, a 10-inch sewer main and a 60-inch combination main broke, said Heather Frierson, spokeswoman for Kansas City’s water department. The breaks washed away dirt and sediment under the road, causing the street to cave in.

The main breaks were partly caused by the weather, as an influx of stormwater, combined with the age of the pipes, put strain on the system.

The sinkhole grew Monday as more material crumbled.

Mayor-elect Quinton Lucas tweeted a photo of the gaping hole Tuesday, commenting “I told y’all we needed to fix up the streets.”

Water has been restored at two nearby apartment complexes, Frierson said Tuesday afternoon.

Traffic along that section of Gillham is being diverted.

Repairing the pipes and the street could take the rest of the week.

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Katie Moore covers crime and justice issues for The Star. She is a University of Kansas graduate and was previously a reporter in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas.