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Highway 212 by Safeway is down to one lane and flaggers are directing traffic traveling east, west.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - The sinkhole is near the busy intersection by the Safeway store in Damascus.

A water main break under Highway 212 Sunday evening in Damascus has taken the highway down to one lane and people in the area are being directed to boil their water.

About 1,500 water accounts with Sunrise Water Authority are under a boil water notice because of the water main break.

The rupture occurred late afternoon Sunday, July 2, in the 20100 block of Highway 212, near the Safeway grocery store.

Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton told the Outlook that about 200 feet of road was damaged by the break. One lane of the highway is open and a flagger is directing motorists traveling east and west. ODOT hopes to get another lane opened late Monday or early Tuesday. The highway initially had been closed for several hours.

Sunrise Water Authority told Pamplin Media news partner KOIN 6, that crews are making repairs to the 8-inch water main that broke. The cause of the break remains under investigation. It's unknown how much water spilled out before the water was shut off.

Sunrise Water was following state laws that mandate water providers issue precautionary boil water notices if an agency loses water pressure. A company spokesperson said testing is underway to ensure water quality.

The sink hole is about 20-feet wide, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

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