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Water restored in Stewart Street water main break

This vehicle fell into a sink hole on Stewart Street, alerting authorities to a broken water main. Photo by Sydnee Scofield/KOLO.
This vehicle fell into a sink hole on Stewart Street, alerting authorities to a broken water main. Photo by Sydnee Scofield/KOLO.(KOLO)
Published: Jul. 16, 2016 at 3:16 PM PDT
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11 a.m. update:

Water was restored to all 22 customers who lost water Saturday when a water main broke, Truckee Meadows Water Authority spokeswoman Marlene Olsen said.

The water was restored by midnight, Olsen said.

Original story:

A Land Rover was in the wrong place at the wrong time today. It fell into a sinkhole caused by a water main break around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday near Stewart Street and Kirman Avenue.

"We're not sure if the water main broke first or the car breaking through the street was part of the problem, but we did have the water main break and water flowing out of the hole," Mark Winkelman of the Reno Fire Department said.

Three people were in the car at the time, two were sent to the hospital with minor injuries.

"So far, it looks like they're going to be okay, minor head injury to one person, not clear on the status of the other," Winkelman said.

They were able to tow the car out of the hole and restore water to 22 affected residents late Saturday evening.

While water main repairs took less than a day, street repairs will be a different story.

"It's going to be a long process. The street's going to have to be dug up. They're going to have to expose the leak then get the street repaired, so I wouldn't expect the street to be open any time soon," Winkelman said.

The 900 block of Stewart Street near Kirman Avenue will be closed until further notice.

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