Water main break causes sinkhole in Manchester plaza

By Amy Coveno

MANCHESTER, N.H. —Crews in Manchester on Monday repaired a water main break that created a large sinkhole at a shopping plaza on South Willow Street.

A Starbucks and several other businesses were affected by the break. The sinkhole was reported about 6 a.m. when a police cruiser in the Starbucks drive-through lane fell into it.

“The thing we’re really concerned about now is how deep and how far does that hole really go,” said Mark Fortier of Team Fortier Construction.

Workers were able to drain the hole and repair the break. They said the asphalt should be repaired Tuesday.

Restaurants in the plaza were unable to open because of the lack of water.

“Every minute we’re not open, I’d say we lose a little money,” said Patrick Loughran of Papa Gino’s.

Oanh To, manager of California Nail Salon, said she hadn’t lost a single customer because she was able to use a coffee urn to heat bottled water for pedicures.

Loughran said he hopes the situation is resolved as quickly as possible.

“We’re crossing our fingers for tonight,” he said. “It doesn’t look too great, but we can always hope.”

The Board of Health mandates that restaurants must close if they don’t have water. But by 5:30 p.m., Papa Gino’s had water restored and was able to re-open.

Information from www.wmur.com

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