Chicago sinkhole, that’s the threat that has gobbled up a tree and flooded some homes with up to two feet of water and counting this week. Appearing on the Chicago South Side between 124th Street and Wentworth on Saturday night, the expanding sinkhole has become a major cause for concern, though city officials believe that they will have the issue fixed before the end of the month, the Christian Post reports this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.
The Chicago sinkhole is thought to have spanned a broken water main underneath the ground, causing the giant pit to continue crumbling. It is now posing a real danger to some South Side homes as well, gobbling up a tree on a lawn and inundating a few residents’ basements with at least two feet of water.
Due to the damaged water main, many of the home owners in the 124th Street and Wentworth areas have been left without water. The Chicago City Water Department has been supplying people with bottled water until the issue is resolved. As for the size of the gigantic Chicago sinkhole, it has now expanded to nearly 20 feet by a full 80 feet, only beginning as a tiny hole in the ground. The leaking water underneath the road is believed to have quite literally eaten away at the underground support, causing the collapse.
There have since been reports of flooding in nearby homes, with some residence owners finding nearly two feet of water in their basements. The sinkhole has also been confirmed to have gobbled up a tree, and the hole has become so big its been difficult for the repair teams to fix it in a timely manner, the press release notes.
Dep. Comm. Bill Bresnahan, of the Chicago Water Department has said, “Depending on what’s underneath it, we’re hoping by the end of the week we should have the street repaired … We will have water on to these people before we leave here, hopefully by the end of the day.”
It is hopeful that the Chicago sinkhole issue will be resolved soon for the residents affected by the expanding hollow.