Main street develops small sinkhole

A sewer line break associated with the former Spelman Community Hospital building results in small sinkhole on Main St. between Mill and Bridge streets. The road will remain closed until it can be repaired.

SMITHVILLE — A “dip” has begun to develop on Main Street between Mill and Bridge streets, Smithville City Administrator Cynthia Wagner told aldermen during their board meeting Tuesday, June 4. It was merely days later, Friday evening, June 7, when the question everyone had been asking, “what is it?” was answered.

It's a sinkhole. According to Mayor Damien Boley, the freshly paved Main Street has developed a sinkhole due to a sewer line break associated with the former Spelman Community Hospital building. The hole is located nearly in the middle of the road affecting both lanes.

Since the problem has been identified, Boley said the hole will be filled and repaired. A timeline has not yet been established. This is a developing story, more will be published by the Courier-Tribune as details become available.

Because the property is privately owned, repair to the sewer line will be fiscal responsibility of the developer.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at or 389-6606.​

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