Sinkhole creating headaches for neighbors in one Toledo neighborhood

Published: Jan. 22, 2018 at 10:13 PM EST
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It's a big hole that's causing big headaches for people in one Toledo neighborhood.

"I've been here 23 years. This is the first time we've ever seen a big hole like this," said one neighbor who didn't want to be identified.

A water-filled sinkhole opened up near Baronsmede and Guardian Monday afternoon.

By the time people living there were getting home from work, city crews already had their street blocked off.

"[The worker] had it barricaded and he wouldn't let me come through and park in my driveway," said the unnamed neighbor. "So I was trying to think of where to park and I ended up parking over by our gracious neighbors."

The City of Toledo says the sinkhole is the work of a water main break. The quick change from arctic air to spring-like temps is partially to blame, too.

"Water main breaks do occur when the weather gets colder and now that we're having warmer weather you're going to see that difference in temperature cause even more water main breaks," said Director of Public Utilities Ed Moore.

Moore says water main breaks can cause the soil that supports city streets to give out. When that happens craters like the one on Baronsmede can form.

That's why he says it's important to notify the city as soon as a water main break is noticed.

“If you see an active water main break—meaning water is bubbling in your don’t know if that pavement is ready to cave in or not, so I would absolutely avoid driving through it," said Moore.

While the Baronsmede sinkhole is frustrating for neighbors to deal with, they say they're glad their street is the only thing damaged.

"Luckily no one was sitting there when it decided to go," said neighbor Keith Feeney.