Sinkhole disrupts traffic in Colorado Springs neighborhood


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A water main break caused a sinkhole to open up in a Colorado Springs neighborhood early Friday morning.

Police said the incident happened sometime before 4 a.m. A water main broke in the area of Del Paz Drive and Vickers Drive, which is near the intersection of North Union and Vickers. The break caused a 10 foot by 30 foot sinkhole to open in the road.

Police said Del Paz Drive is closed while crews repair the damage. Vickers Drive remains open.

Colorado Springs Utilities said 10 homes are without water due to the break.

FOX21’s Macy Egeland spoke to residents in the neighborhood and some of them say their homes actually shook while the pipe burst, and that this isn’t the first time it’s happened.

Cathy and Ken Budzon have lived in the neighborhood for 32 years and say they love the area’s character, but it’s age is starting to show.

“We did have a pipe a couple doors down from us on Del Paz, this same street, probably maybe 3 or 4 years ago that just opened up from one of the pipes breaking also,” Cathy said.

Ken came across the sinkhole while he was walking Friday morning.

“I came up over here and the first thing I spotted was this huge, black pit down in front of the house over there,” Ken said.

And he says although it was shocking to see, he wasn’t surprised given the neighborhood’s history.

“With the water situation now that we’ve had a lot of rain and everything, Ithink the older pipes down below the ground are just having a hard time and deteriorating,” he said.

“It happens fairly often. We did hear about the one on Chestnut and it seems like the aging pipes are just falling apart, you know? They just have to be fixed,” Cathy said.

Colorado Springs Utilities are working to restore water to around 10 homes and fill the hole so they can reopen the road.

But for now, it’s a scary reminder of what could be going on below their feet.

“It is kind of scary that it can happen to anybody. You really don’t know when either,” Cathy said. Colorado Springs Utilities say they still aren’t sure how long the repair process will take or how much money it will cost.

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