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Why Is There a Big Hole in Mt. Auburn Street?

The large hole appeared right after the Blizzard of 2013. Find out how it got there.

Drivers heading down Mt. Auburn Street can't miss the big hole in the street that appeared after the Blizzard of 2013, but how did it get there?

The hole, which was patched over but now has cones around it, sits outside Jasmine Taste of Persia restaurant in Coolidge Square. Gerald Mee, superintendent of Public Works, said the hole was created during efforts to clear snow from the sidewalk after the blizzard.

A front loader scraping snow from the sidewalk hit a fire hydrant, and water started pouring out of the pipe, Mee said. 

Besides making the crater, which is about 20 feet wide, it also sent dirt and gravel into the window of Jasmine Taste of Persia and broke windows of the restaurant.

wiley coyote March 01, 2013 at 03:08 AM
It's probably time to get it finished or at least patched up a little better while we have a warm stretch here. Im sure Mr. Mee and the DPW crew will do the great job they always do. They keep Watertown looking good!

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