NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Drivers are having to maneuver around a closed section of Botetourt Street in Norfolk as crews work to repair a large sinkhole.
The hole popped up just before 5 p.m. Monday between Pembroke and Fairfax Avenues.
“Pretty bad thing. I know that this area floods all the time. That probably contributes to it,” theorized jogger Louie Mikedis.
City engineers and public utilities maintenance workers are trying to figure out just what caused this portion of the street to cave. Harry Kenyon at Norfolk Utilities said the the sinkhole is about 4 feet deep and 8 feet long. “Again it’s one of those things we actually have to dig into the pipe, figure out what the problem is, then figure out what’s causing it.”
Nearby, a new pump station is under construction. According to Kenyon, “We have a new sanitary sewer system going into this neighborhood. We’re not sure whether the sinkhole is related to that work. We’ll be able to find that out as we dig it up and take a look at it.”
Kenyon says an unrelated, yet similar, sinkhole was reported earlier this month along a portion of Colley Avenue. That one was repaired in three days.