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Sinkhole causes headache on Hereford Road

Posted at 5:31 PM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 21:02:25-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A massive sink hole recently opened up on Hereford Road, between Agnes and Leopard near North Padre Island Drive. It's an industrial area, so many people use the road daily to get to and from work.

A KRIS 6 News viewer brought it to our attention via Facebook. The sinkhole is about 10-12 feet wide, and about two feet deep.

It's so big that it's caused concern for drivers, and also caused an inconvenience for people who work nearby.

About a month ago, the hole was just a small pothole. Eventually it turned into the large sinkhole that's there today.

A spokesperson for the City of Corpus Christi said it's actually a manhole with pipes running under it: one of the pipes collapsed after last week's heavy rain, resulting in its current condition.

On Monday, crews put large barricades around it and closed part of the road to ensure drivers stay safe.

However the road closure has caused some headaches for nearby businesses such as Industrial Fabricators, where large freight is transported to and from daily.

"We have deliveries that come out this way, but apparently everything is going to have to be re-routed another way," said Albert Casares, an Industrial Fabricators employee.

He said it's also a big safety concern.

"If someone comes through here, and doesn't realize it," Casares said, "and if that barricade wasn't there, then we'd have some really, really serious issues."

A city spokesperson said a contractor is working to fix the sinkhole, but there's been a delay because of the holidays. The city also said it should be repaired within the next month.