A couple months ago, a sinkhole measuring 25 feet in width, 50 feet in length and 25 feet in depth opened up in Westlake, Ohio. A few days later: a smaller second sinkhole appeared near the first one.
What was the cause? Collapsed storm sewer pipe. More than 300 feet of storm sewer pipe needed to be repaired. The cost? Almost $200,000.
The current, aging pipe is metal corrugated, which was popular in the 1970s. This particular pipe accounted for about five percent of the community’s storm sewer lines.
This may be Westlake’s first – and second – sinkhole. Sinkholes are typically caused by leaking joints in older storm sewers. The largest sinkhole in the Cleveland area was from a water main break.
The Westlake sinkhole is different from a natural sinkhole in that natural sinkholes are a results of natural soil composition and water runoffs. The Westlake sinkhole is considered a manmade sinkhole.
Manmade sinkhole causes include collapsed sewers, leaking water pipes and more.
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