A 20 foot by 30 foot sinkhole opened in front of Brookings City Hall overnight Sunday 6-Nov-2010.
A huge sinkhole opened in the early morning hours Sunday in front of Brookings City Hall. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
The 23-foot deep hole was discovered by Brookings police officers at about 1:30 a.m., Lt. Donny Dotson said.
City crews worked through the night to discover the extent of the damage and prevent the situation from worsening, Public Works Supervisor Bob Schaefer said Sunday afternoon.
“They were able to stabilize the walls a little bit,” Schaefer said.
Police department offices are close to the opening. Police will monitor the hole hourly. If there are any changes to the hole, crews will return.
There is no immediate danger to city structures, but a large portion of Elk Drive crumbled into the hole.
Elk Drive is closed between Fifth Street and Ross Road and is not expected to open for some time, Schaefer said.
There will be no easy fix, as water from broken culvert gushed through the deep hole, carrying away even more soil.
“This is going to be fairly extensive,” he said. “It’s very unstable ground and the weather isn’t good.”
Read more about the sinkhole in the Wednesday, Nov. 10 edition of the Curry Coastal Pilot.