Ventura Sinkhole Could Take Days to Repair - NBC Southern California

Ventura Sinkhole Could Take Days to Repair



    Storms Cause Flooding in Inland Empire
    Rain continues to pound Southern California.

    The storm drains failed and the ground opened up Wednesday afternoon at a Ventura city intersection.


    The good news is that no one was hurt when a huge sinkhole appeared beneath a portion of asphalt and sidewalk at the corner of Rincon and Poli streets. The bad news? Filling it in could take days.

    A spokeswoman for Southern California Gas says a three-inch plastic gas line in the hole is apparently unscathed, although its presence makes shoring up the hole a bit more difficult. She says residents' gas service will not be interrupted during the repair.

    Officials say Wednesday afternoon's torrential downpours over-powered the storm drains, but the rain stopped just in time to prevent a larger problem. If there had been more water over a sustained period of time, said one Venture Police officer, the entire intersection could have collapsed, taking the gas pipe with it.