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Hobart City Hall

HOBART — City officials closed off a section of the downtown Sunday evening after a small sinkhole opened on Main Street.

"Its in front of El Captian Seafood and Mexican Grill (327 Main St.). They came to ask people to move their cars, said Kelsey Fetter, of the Montego Bay Grill, 322 Main St. "They just have it blocked off from Third Street to Fourth Street. Its tiny. It only a little bigger than a traffic cone."

Mayor Brian Snedecor said Sunday night the decision was made to close Main Street between Third Street and Fourth Street out of an abundance of caution and city work crews will be checking early Monday to see it if is being caused by an underground water or sewer line.

"There is a small depression in the road. The asphalt has dropped. It is about the size of a pizza. We don't want to take any chances. We probably could get traffic through there, but its Sunday night so most of the businesses downtown are closed, so we would rather be on the safe side."

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A sinkhole opened April 11 on Lincoln Street between Eighth and Ninth streets large enough to swallow a gold KIA being driven by Solweig Berzac, 74, of Hobart.

The vehicle fell into a hole as wide as the length of her car and deep enough to leave the driver's side of the vehicle sunk below the street level to its wheel wells.

She suffered a broken leg, a shattered ankle, nine broken ribs and a punctured lung.

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Lake County Reporter

Bill has reported in Lake County since 1972 after graduating from Indiana University. He has worked for The Times since 1997, covering the courts and local government during much of his tenure. Born and raised in New Albany, Ind., he is a native Hoosier.