Ontario, Canada. May 31st, 2013.

kenora sinkhole -  may 31 2013Dryden residents are seeing some traffic disruptions this morning, following a sinkhole forming underneath the underpass. Blake Poole is the manager of public works, and he says they’re working to repair the issue, while addressing some other repairs.

“Under the underpass currently, we’ve had a minor sinkhole open up. We have some guys repairing it and during their repairs, they’re also going to do some minor repairs to the underpass,” he said.

He anticipates the traffic will be able to travel under the underpass Friday afternoon. The incident was a result of deteriorating pipes beneath the road, and Poole notes this isn’t the first time they’ve seen a sinkhole in that area.

“They’re actually minor holes in the pipe. With the height of the river, and the amount of water flowing through our storm sewer system, it tends to erode some of the fine materials underneath the roadway away, opening up a small sinkhole. That spot has opened up a few times over the years,” he said.

Poole notes they have handed in an application to receive government funding for the repairs to the eroded pipes, but says they can’t do repairs until they receive the funding. He says they’re hoping to be able to solve the problem this summer. – See more at: http://www.kenoraonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5411&Itemid=160#sthash.6nNzKNvt.dpuf

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