Local News

Broken water main causes sinkhole near north Chapel Hill neighborhood

Posted July 16, 2013

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

Map

— A broken water main caused a 6-foot-wide sinkhole to open up early Tuesday near the intersection of Old Forest Creek Drive and Piney Mountain Road north of downtown Chapel Hill. 

Emergency crews responding to the area about 4 a.m. shut down one lane into the Old Forest Creek Drive neighborhood, and officials said it could be several hours before the broken water main is fixed. 

No information about the cause of the water main break was released, but work crews told WRAL News the neighborhood won't have water service until the main is repaired.

4 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Offshore Jul 16, 2013

    I guess WRAL wants a "sink hole" like the other states. Can't stand to be left out, huh?
    jblake1932

    This hole wasn't news, now if it swallowed Chapel Hill, WHEW!! that would be something!!

  • jblake1932 Jul 16, 2013

    Drainage didn't "collect". It was a result of a broken pipe line. The drainage was from the water that created the hole. But, it was a good try for ya. Hang in there, bud.

  • Cock a doodle doo Jul 16, 2013

    According to Merriam-Webster: "sinkhole" (yeah one word)is a hollow place or depression in which drainage collects

    Sounds right to me.

  • jblake1932 Jul 16, 2013

    Hardly a "sink hole". This is properly called a washout, due to the water line leaking and the hole occurring immediately after. I guess WRAL wants a "sink hole" like the other states. Can't stand to be left out, huh?