Car into sinkhole in Detroit
The car was still stuck in the sinkhole that night.
SUV into sinkhole in Detroit
As soon as I saw those clips, I told my wife that this had to be the result of a water main break. WLNS confirmed my suspicions.
Detroit Water Main Break Causes Sink Hole
Some residents in Detroit are still without water as crews work to repair a water main break.I've written before about Detroit's water system, which services at least four million people in eight counties. It's probably the most prized asset of the City of Detroit, which is why the suburbs are trying to get at least partial control of it. However, it won't be worth nearly as much if the water mains aren't maintained. When they're neglected, incidents like this happen. Now, both the water main and the street have to be replaced at great inconvenience to all involved. Regular maintenance and willingness to budget for it would go a long way to prevent sinkholes, lost water service, and blocked roads.
The break happened Thursday and it's not clear when water will be restored.
Besides, not only is investment in infrastructure necessary, it's sexy.
UPDATE: WXYZ added the following video yesterday in addition to the ones I posted above.
Crews are repairing a massive sinkhole that swallowed an SUV on Thursday.
It turned out that three parts of the infrastructure failed. Not only did a water main break, but the initial failure was a leak in the sewer line that caused the road to collapse. It also wasn't a complete surprise, either, as residents had been calling the city to tell them to check out the problem.
Remember what I wrote about the millage elections?
I think Inkster will be sorry they didn't fix the sewers. That's a disaster waiting to happen.This is exactly the kind of disaster waiting for Inkster and what happens when citizens and governments choose austerity over sustainability.