Sinkhole on Southampton Parkway caused by failed pipe

A sinkhole formed on Route 58 in Southampton County after Hurricane Matthew. Image Credit: Southampton County Sheriff's Office

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Crews are working to fix a sinkhole that formed in the early morning hours of Tuesday on Southampton Parkway, near the Suffolk city line.

Deputies responded to the sinkhole around 4:40 a.m. Tuesday.

The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office says the hole is 15 feet by 20 feet in width, and is 15 feet deep. VDOT says the sinkhole was caused by a 66-inch pipe that failed, partly due to storm damage.

The pipe can’t be repaired and will have to be replaced. The work to do that could take up to two weeks to complete. A traffic detour will be set up starting next week. For now, a section of Route 58 east — which runs over the Blackwater River — remains closed, but traffic is getting by in the left lane.

The hole has been filled and temporarily patched to prevent additional water from seeping in.

The sinkhole has reportedly resulted in three flat tires. No injuries have been reported.

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Image Credit: Southampton County Sheriff's Office
Image Credit: Southampton County Sheriff’s Office