Emergency repairs on the city’s sewer system have led to the complete closure of Jahnstrasse, affecting the stretch between Erfenbach and Erzhütten, according to a statement by city management. The road is expected to remain shut in both directions until Thursday at 7 a.m.

Traffic between Erfenbach and Erzhütten is being diverted via Lauterstrasse in both directions.

The road was recently found to have sunk, attributed to the supporting sand washing into nearby drainage, a situation exacerbated by heavy rainfall over the past weeks, officials said.

Although initial repair work was scheduled for mid-April, the accelerated damage forced the city’s sewer authority to close the affected section of the road Sunday afternoon.

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Alexander reports on the U.S. military and local news in Europe for Stars and Stripes in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has 10 years experience as an Air Force photojournalist covering operations in Timor-Leste, Guam and the Middle East. He graduated from Penn State University and is a Defense Information School alumnus.

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