Heavy rain causes huge sink hole in La Crosse

Crews work to fix sinkhole

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Officials in La Crosse say it could take weeks to fix a giant sinkhole that developed as a result of this week's storms.

The hole measuring 50 feet wide and 30 feet deep developed at 23rd Street and Park Drive in La Crosse near Myrick Park.

City officials say what they think happened was enough water built up in the intersection to spill over the curb causing enough erosion to break apart the water main.

"I've never seen anything like this. I think if you talk to the long-term people with the city that have been out on emergencies, this is something that you really in your dreams the ones you don't want to have, this is what we probably never wanted to see," said the city's Utilities Manager Mark Johnson.

The water mains have already been repaired and water was turned back on Thursday morning. However, it could still take a week to fill the hole and another week to repave the road.


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