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Sinkhole closes Adams Morgan street

UPDATE, 6:03 P.M.:

Biltmore Street has reoepned, according to police.


Sinkhole alert: A sinkhole has appeared in the 1900 block of Biltmore Street NW, blocking a street and sparking a flurry of predictably cheesy tweets.

Biltmore Street is closed between 19th Street and Cliffbourne Place NW.

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The initial warning from Alert DC described the sinkhole as being “25 feet deep and expanding from east to west.” But an official at the District Department of Transportation told the Washington City Paper that it’s three to four feet deep and not going into the street.

A spokeswoman for the D.C. police told the Post that they didn’t know where the “25 feet deep” figure came from, but said police haven’t taken any measurements. Police were alerted to the sinkhole by a citizen and arrived on the scene at 12:13 p.m.

Will Sommer at the City Paper tweeted this photo of the sinkhole:

He also tweeted a photo of a corgi approaching the sinkhole, which we’re going to mention because it’s a corgi approaching a sinkhole.

For a bit of perspective, we’ve got a few holy-moly sinkholes around the world.


Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.



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