Sinkhole at Portage’s Kindercare caused by damaged section of storm drain line, officials say

by Michael Mosher on February 6, 2014

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PORTAGE, MI – A crew was working Thursday afternoon to repair a damaged section of a storm-drain line that caused a sinkhole in the parking lot of the Kindercare Learning Center in Portage.

The section of sunken-in pavement, which was located at Kindercare’s entrance off Schuring Road east of Oakland Drive, was found at about noon by a worker at Kindercare, said Chris Barnes director of the city’s Department of Transportation and Utilities.

Barnes said the sinkhole, which he said measure about 6 feet by 6 feet, occurred after a deteriorated section of the drain pipe developed a hole causing soil under the pavement to be sucked into the pipe.

Crews were still at the scene trying to access the drain pipe, as of about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

“We’re going to do a repair and we’ll look at replacing that line,” Barnes said, referring to a 200 foot section of storm drain pipe that goes from Kindercare east on Schuring.

 

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