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Crews work to stabilize sinkhole in Rancho Peñasquitos

Sinkhole in Rancho Penasquitos
Posted at 5:59 PM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 21:20:15-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A subcontractor for the City of San Diego worked Thursday to stabilize a sinkhole that appeared Tuesday in Rancho Peñasquitos.

The large hole formed near the median of eastbound Park Village Road near Darkwood Street; likely caused by a collapsed storm drain.

Tuesday night a 10-year-old collie named Ruby became trapped in the hole and had to be rescued, a situation that raised concerns for parents at nearby Park Village Elementary.

"The school was built around 1990, so the street itself is old," said Lin Ley, a mother of two students at the school. "So I just don't know what's underneath it. And that's really a safety concern."

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The sidewalk along Park Village Road remains open even as the eastbound vehicle lanes have been shut down.

Lin says her husband was among the first to report the sinkhole Tuesday when he noticed a dip in the road while driving by. That depression soon became a large gaping hole which appeared to grow even larger Thursday as crews were collapsing the sides in preparation for filling it with cement to stabilize it.

The hole is now estimated at 30 by 20 feet at the surface, and some 10 feet deep.

A city spokesperson tells 10news the work Thursday is focused on stabilizing the void and assessing the failed storm drain believed to have caused it. Crews will also assess the surrounding area: something Ley is nervous about.

"I'm really surprised and worried that even along this street it could happen again. I just don't know how far this steel pipe has eroded," she said.

The city said there's no timeline for the assessment. Only that the street will be reopened when it is safe to do so.