Leak­ing pipe to blame for sink­hole in Reed St

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - DANIEL BIRCHFIELD [email protected]

A LEAK­ING wa­ter pipe has been de­ter­mined as the cause of a small sink­hole that ap­peared on an Oa­maru street late last month.

The sink­hole, about 1.5m deep, opened out­side St Pa­trick’s Basil­ica on the north­bound lane of Reed St be­fore it was quickly fenced off by Waitaki District Coun­cil con­trac­tors, who were no­ti­fied by po­lice shortly af­ter it ap­peared.

Po­lice di­rected traf­fic in the area around the sink­hole for a short time be­fore con­trac­tors ar­rived at the scene to en­sure the busy stretch of road was safe for mo­torists to use.

An ini­tial investigation pointed to the sink­hole be­ing caused by prob­lem­atic un­der­run­ners, as they had caused is­sues in the past.

How­ever, fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed a dif­fer­ent cause, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said.

‘‘The ini­tial thought was that it was an un­der­run­ner, but closer investigation showed that it had been a leaky pipe that has cre­ated the sub­si­dence. That’s since been re­placed, so it’s good as new.’’

The sink­hole was ini­tially sched­uled to be filled on Fri­day, but that work was de­layed un­til yes­ter­day.

The area around the sink­hole would be sealed later this week, Mr Kircher said.

The north­bound lane of Reed St will be closed for the du­ra­tion of the work.

No de­tours are in place.

PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

Fenced off . . . Mo­torists ne­go­ti­ate a fenced­off sink­hole in Reed St that opened up in late De­cem­ber. Work to fill and seal the area was sched­uled to start yes­ter­day.

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