Sunday, January 24, 2010

Burbank News: Water Main Break at Victory and Palm Causes 40ft Sink Hole

After relief from the rain, look what happens in Burbank!

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Sinkhole closes Victory Boulevard

By Max Zimbert
Published: Last Updated Saturday, January 23, 2010 5:27 PM PST

Victory Boulevard between Olive Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard is closed tonight, and likely for a few days as crews work to repair what police estimate is a roughly 40-feet by 40-feet sinkhole.

Police said it started when a water main burst Saturday afternoon in the middle of Victory Boulevard at Palm Avenue. It grew knocked out the southern half of the intersection.

“The street fell in on itself right there,” Burbank police Lt. Eric Rosoff said. “It’s all gone.”

Businesses nearby are without water, and Burbank Water and Power staff are expected to work overnight to restore service.

Police said it was too early to have a timeline to know when the street could be fully repaired.

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January 24, 2010 UPDATE

Northbound traffic was open along Victory Boulevard and one southbound lane is expected to reopen Sunday evening. (Photo by Max Zimbert)
12:00 pm, Jan 24th, 2010
Written by Max Zimbert

[Update] The sinkhole that closed down Victory Boulevard yesterday should be back to normal before motorists begin their commute Monday, officials said.

Northbound lanes are open, and one southbound lane should open Sunday evening.

Burbank Water and Power officials had been working since 3 p.m Saturday to fix a broken water main that caused the sinkhole on Victory Boulevard and Palm Avenue.

Ken Donaldson, a water supervisor, said he suspected the rain moved soil around, which could’ve caused the water main to burst.

Three blocks of Victory Boulevard were without water, but the residences surrounding the sinkhole were OK. Water for businesses along the stretch of street should have water back on by 8 p.m.

“If everything goes right, it should be back to normal tonight,” Donaldson said.

Donaldson said this was an abnormally large sinkhole and the third largest he’s seen in Burbank in the last 20 years.

“These are pretty rare because Burbank spends a lot of money and time on maintenance,” he said.

As for the crew, they’ll be out there tonight, and will put the finishing touches on the temporary asphalt at 6 a.m. Monday.

No rest for the weary.

“A lot of us live in this city and we take pride in what we do,” Donaldson said.

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