August 27, 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.

  • Pablo Jones

    Even though it was reported in the paper the city will still say they didn’t know about it if a car hits it. Or they will say, it was reported in the paper you should have gone around it.

    • Godfather

      who cares. that is the ghetto side.

      Carry on.

      • Starryeyes63

        ^^^ We ALL saw this was the Garbagefather before he removed his name………

  • Mike Hunt

    Perfect swimming hole for golfingirl and sis delish

    • Godfather

      AMEN!!!!!

  • Frank Siegfried

    Look, even spray painted the street pointing to the hole, in case they can’t find it again.

  • Simon Jester

    In other news, the Mayor wants to start registration and inspection of sink holes.

  • golfingirl

    Put an orange cone on it and call it “repaired.”

    • Godfather

      Sure, you do not care, because to you it is just the bad side of town.

      Well, these are human beings and they deserve fair treatment.

      You make me sick.

      • Starryeyes63

        earlier didn’t care it was the ghetto???? MPD???

        • Jennifer Williams

          Godfather is a dumb A$$ he only likes to comment on me and Golfingirl to feel inferior toward women!

          • golfingirl

            I think he was traumatized by a dominant mother who favored his female siblings.

          • Starryeyes63

            between that and his PUI ( posting under the influence…)

          • golfingirl

            Yeah, I would probably find him more interesting had I studied psychology.

          • Godfather

            You can study me.

            Take a look!

            Thanks!

      • golfingirl

        Good, now go puke all over yourself!

        • Starryeyes63

          your identity was stolen………….

  • Mark B

    Here comes another $50,000.00 study to figure out where the water is coming from !

  • golfingirl

    Forthofer says:

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

    I thought it was a street?

  • golfingirl

    Funny how when Godfather posts a comment which is in conflict with an earlier one, his name disappears from the first one.

    Originally he says:

    “who cares. that is the ghetto side.
    Carry on.”

    Now he says:

    “Sure, you do not care, because to you it is just the bad side of town.
    Well, these are human beings and they deserve fair treatment.
    You make me sick.”

    Funny how his first comment is now attributed to “Guest,” with his name removed.

    I think he change his screen name to Sybil.

    • Godfather

      you change things and misconstrue peoples words to fit you.

      carry on goofygirl.

      thanks!

      • Starryeyes63

        yup Goofy father pretending to be a woman Bwahahahahahaha

      • golfingirl

        The above reply submitted by Godfather, pretending to be me.

        Note the two “L’s” in the name.

  • GreatRedeemer

    4 guys looking down the manhole for green dye.
    Glad they will be getting it fixed soon.

    • SniperFire

      LOL. I thought the same thing. If they only had a shovel to lean on…

      • Pablo Jones

        No they dropped their keys to the city truck. “Ah snap, how are we going to go on break now.”

        • golfingirl

          Or their personal cell phones.

      • Mark B

        The union prevents them from touching a shovel, 5 other union workers will deliver 1 shovel for them to lean on

    • golfingirl

      White pants on two of them. Doesn’t look like they are “shovel ready.”

      Must be the big bossmen.

    • golfingirl

      Hey watch it.

      The word “Man Hole” is no longer politically correct. Sounds like you are talking about a point of entry for male lovers.

      And with that “dollop” of green stuff in there…so disgusting.

      It is an inspection chamber with a detachable cover, normally found in a roadway.

      You owe everyone here an apology….laughing.

      My bad…I thought in said “Stinkhole.”

    • Joe Smith

      3 of them are colorblind

  • Starryeyes63

    Could be the start of a good joke……. How many city workers does it take to look at a sinkhole?

  • SniperFire

    The Mayor of lil’ Detroit can’t be bothered with getting all those street craters fixed. She is out rounding up fireworks donations.

    • golfingirl

      They are looking down the Man/Woman/Gender Neutral Hole because they are looking for Mayor Brinda.

      She has to down there somewhere?

  • Sis Delish

    UPDATE:

    In an effort to increase TOURISM after the Midway Mall Bridge Project starts reeling Visitors from around the Globe, the Street Department consults with the owners of Castalia’s Blue Hole to see how to turn this Sink Hole into a Summer Destination!

    • golfingirl

      That was very funny!

  • golfingirl

    Let’s open this “Man” Hole cover and get some “Air and Light” down there.