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NEW HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The power of nature was stunningly evident when heavy rain and high water created a sinkhole in Huron County.

The earth collapsed and was discovered Thursday morning on U.S. 224 in New Haven Township, just east of the Willard city limits.

It prompted the closure of the road between SR 598 and 99.

The sinkhole also interrupted nearby rail travel because it was feared the weight of a train could cause it to expand.

It was estimated to be about 30 feet wide and 30 feet deep.

Repairs were underway and expected to take eight days to complete.

Drivers were advised to avoid the area and detour by using SR 598 north to SR 103 west to SR 99 south to U.S. 224.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said sinkholes have formed in that area in the past.