​Chicago Sinkhole: Neighborhood Street In Sinkhole

Chicago Sinkhole
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November 13, 2013

A Chicago sinkhole is responsible for a water main break, which grew significantly overnight according to local residents living off South Wentworth Avenue near 124th Street. The sinkhole swallowed up half the street in the neighborhood.

Chicago Sinkhole

The sinkhole was initially small, area residents say it grew significantly overnight, NBC Chicago reports. It has now overtaken half the road and, as of Monday afternoon, it is still growing.

“Depending on what’s underneath it, we’re hoping by the end of the week we should have the street repaired,” said Dep. Comm. Bill Bresnahan, Chicago Water Department. “We will have water on to these people before we leave here, hopefully by the end of the day.”

Chicago city worked to repair the broken water main throughout the night for residents on the block near West Pullman.

Though the sinkhole was initially small, area residents say it grew significantly overnight, NBC Chicago reports. It has now overtaken half the road and, as of Monday afternoon, it is still growing.

One resident told CBS Chicago she awoke Monday to the sound of the street collapsing and went outside to see the hole was now about 20-by-80 feet.

Not only had the water been turned off, but a handful of basements were flooded — some with as much as two feet of water — as a result of the break.
Crews were also working to remove a tree that was caught inside the 14-foot sinkhole. Crews will have to make it larger in order to get to the water main.

The sinkhole appears to have started when a pipe servicing the house with a small leak inside eroded over time and washed out the drain and support from under the road. On Sunday night, it gave way.