December 20, 2014

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UPDATED: Elyria workers investigating cause of sinkhole

Elyria city workers look Tuesday into a manhole for green dye they put inside to trace a possible leak that created a hole at Blaine and Chase streets. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Elyria city workers look Tuesday into a manhole for green dye they put inside to trace a possible leak that created a hole at Blaine and Chase streets. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A resident discovered an about 4-by-6-foot sinkhole at the intersection of Blaine and Chase streets about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

City crews quickly covered it with a metal slab but not before using green dye and underground cameras to see whether a leak may have caused it. Crews were still trying to figure out the cause Tuesday afternoon.

Despite its size, city Inspector Bill Forthofer said sinkholes are not rare. Crews have been out to at least 10 this year, which Forthofer said have been caused by the weather.

“It’s pretty normal for spring time,” he said. “(The weather)’s pretty hard on our roads this year.”

Forthofer said the city’s emergency repair fund would pay to repair the street.

“As long as no one drives on it, we shouldn’t have any more problems,” he said Tuesday.

Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka said the sinkhole will be repaired Thursday. Until then, it is safe to drive over the metal slab, she said.

Siwierka did not have an estimated cost of repair. She said that would depend on the extent of the damage, which wasn’t determined Tuesday.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.

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