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Sinkhole continues to keep busy Columbia road closed, city officials say

A day after a water line break created a sinkhole at a busy intersection, traffic was still blocked Tuesday and health concerns were raised by City of Columbia officials.

Drivers on the morning commute are asked to avoid the area near the intersection of Trenholm Road and Beltline Boulevard, where the Forest Acres road is closed because of the significant sinkhole.

Trenholm Road, from Saramont Road to Deans Lane, will be closed until repairs are completed, city officials said in a news release.

Trenholm Road is blocked until the repairs are made, the Columbia Police Department tweeted.

Detours are in place, but there is no word how long it will take to repair the road that will remain closed in the area near the intersection of Beltline Boulevard where a BP gas station is located.

The sinkhole was the result of a 16-inch water line break, officials said. It was first reported Monday evening.

Information on what caused the water line to break was not available.

Video of the sinkhole showed water gushing and bubbling in the middle of the road like a fountain.

On top of the traffic snarls, the water line break has potentially contaminated water with bacteria in the area, according to a Columbia Water news release.

Residents and businesses in the larger area of Glenwood Road to East Buchanon Drive are under a boil water advisory, according to the release.

Anyone in the area is warned to “vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute prior to drinking or cooking,” officials said. Additionally, ice made from water that has not been boiled should not be used for drinking.

In addition to many residences in the area, there are several restaurants, including The Pizza Joint, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Zaxby’s.

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