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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Park City employees look into a sinkhole at the intersection of Trappers Way and Park Avenue on Friday, July 12, 2019. A water main broke Thursday night sending water and debris down Main Street.

PARK CITY — A major water main break and a sinkhole kept officials in Park City busy all night, and may have utility and road repair crews busy for a week.

About 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Park City fire crews were called to Park Avenue and Trappers Way for a "water problem," according to a tweet from the fire department. The water department was also called to the scene.

"While the water department was working to fix the leak, the line ruptured, causing large amounts of water to run down the street," the fire department said on Twitter.

Business owners along historic Main Street say the water flow was "like a river" as a "gusher" came out of the ground and flooded Trapper's Way. Fire crews placed sandbags along the street to try and keep the flow of water from getting into businesses.

Park City public utilities director Clint McAffee said it took a little longer than normal to reach the broken valve because the road had just been repaved that morning. City officials weren't sure Friday if that contributed to the water main break. They say rusted valves were also a problem.

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The water department and fire crews worked into early morning Friday to shut off the water. But sometime between 1 a.m. when firefighters cleared the scene and 5 a.m., a sinkhole developed, according to the fire department.

Friday morning, crews were back at the sinkhole site, digging up the road to try and fix the water main problem.

Because water was shut off to the area, some business and restaurants were not able to open Friday morning.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Contributing: Felicia Martinez