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Water Main Causes Sinkhole in Martinsburg Neighborhood

A water main break caused problems in two subdivisions in Berkeley County Friday morning creating a sinkhole and shutting water off for nearly 40 people.

MARTINSBURG, WV -- A water main break caused problems in two subdivisions in Berkeley County Friday morning creating a sinkhole and shutting water off for nearly 40 people. But residents say this isn't the first time it's happened.

"It's like the second time we've had a water line break, in maybe a year, year and a half and it's a big inconvenience," said Clifton Brooks, a 13 year resident in the community.

"My opinion is we're sitting on a probably an underground stream from quarry over there," said William Simpson, 11 year resident in the community.

Clubhouse Manor residents had to move their cars and leave their homes while the public service water district evaluated the situation.

"This kind of thing happens on a occasion. We're all the time fixing leaks. But not to this magnitude but it does happen," said Brian Shade with the Berkeley County Public Service Water District.

County workers have been digging for hours, trying figure out what caused the break and getting the water back on for residents.

"This is a fairly new line so I really don't know until we get down there to what caused it," said Shade.

Officials hope to have the water turned back on by the end of day.

"And once we take a sample and it comes back and everything good to go will put another notice out letting everyone know that you know water is safe to consume," said Shade.

It'll take several days before their community is back to normal but Simpson says they'll do what they can. "It's a holiday weekend so we want to have some fresh clothes and shower here so we'll boil our water and make do," said Simpson.

Officials say they'll repave the damaged roads and resident's front yards early next week.

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