The city of Fairfield issued the following news release today:
CAUTION: North 9th Street Closed from Depot Ave. to railroad tracks
FAIRFIELD, IA. ? North 9th Street will be closed between Depot Avenue and the railroad tracks starting immediately due to a sink hole located in this area. Motorists and pedestrians will need to find an alternate route.
Weather permitting this work is scheduled to last approximately one to two weeks. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
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City administrator Aaron Kooiker said in an interview that the sinkhole was near a sewer, and the city will investigate to determine if a leak from the sewer caused the dirt to wash away and open the sink hole.
The Ledger will publish more information about this story as it becomes available.