Water main break at Central Street and Green Bay Road Thursday morning caused sewer damage and a cave in. City crews expect to have repairs completed by Friday morning. (City of Evanston photo)

Evanston public works crews continued to work on a water main and sewer break Thursday afternoon that was first discovered Thursday morning at the intersection of Central Street and Green Bay Road.

The water leaking from the break damaged the sewer in the area, creating a sinkhole. 

Edgar Cano, director of the Department of Public Works, said he expects the break to be repaired overnight or early Friday. Only two customers in the local shopping district were affected, Cano said, but traffic was detoured throughout the day.

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  1. Thanks for this news. I’m glad it’s being taken care of. And I’m glad I wasn’t affected.
    A little vocabulary note: a sinkhole did not result from this. The correct word is cave-in. Sinkholes involve bedrock, nearly always limestone. The bedrock here is too deep. I learned about sinkholes in my college classes. Illinois State Geological Survey Geobit 7 is an excellent introduction to karst landscapes, sinkholes, and the processes involved. I know many people in news media use the word “sinkhole” incorrectly where the hole is just a cave-in. It’s not helpful for science, especially where real sinkholes – e.g. Florida – are involved.