DETROIT – An underground issue severely damaged one building and has forced several Detroit streets to close.
According to Detroit’s Department of Public Works, the incident occurred Saturday near Dearborn Street and West Fort Street on the city’s southwest side.
West Fort at Miller Road and Woodmere Street and Dearborn Street at Riverside Drive and Stone Street are closed indefinitely.
An emergency contractor has been hired to demolish a commercial building at Fort and Dearborn that was heavily damaged due to the underground issues. It is considered at immediate risk of collapse onto the sidewalk and utility lines, according to city officials.
The cause of the ground buckling has not yet been determined by city officials, but the Detroit News reported that a water main break likely occurred beneath Stash Provisioning Center, a marijuana dispensary in the area.
Fort Street was flooded with a yellowish liquid and an odor of gas still lingered Sunday outside the Stash Provisioning Center dispensary, according to the newspaper.
DPW is working closely with DTE and the Great Lakes Water Authority to determine the official cause of the ground shifting.
DTE reports less than 25 customers are without gas in the area. No injuries were reported.