Large sinkhole opens on South Bend street

Published: Oct. 16, 2017 at 12:31 PM EDT
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Crews are currently investigating the cause of a large sinkhole in South Bend.

The hole opened up Monday morning right in the middle of the 900 block of Indiana Avenue.

The sinkhole is about 10 to 15 feet wide and 10 to 16 feet deep.

Crews have shut down the block on east Indiana from Dale to High streets as they conduct emergency repairs of the sewer and the ground above it.

The work is expected to take until Friday, October 27.

This sinkhole proves just how old the infrastructure is below the ground, but city officials are working to change that.

"With really old stuff, we just never really know, if it's going to break or not," said Eric Horvath, Public Works director. "We have a program where we continue to televise all these lines so that we're trying to make sure that these have integrity and that they're in good shape."

The sinkhole formed not too far from an ongoing sewer lining construction project.

It's also right outside the home of Angela Henderson, who believes recent floods in her basement, following the weekend's record-breaking rain, may be connected to this sinkhole.

"Something ain't right, the street was flooded, the water was up to my second step," said Henderson who pressed the fact her basement has never flooded before. "So I went and walked to the basement and the basement was full of water."