Not one, but four sinkholes have gave way on rural roads in Kings County since Thursday.
The latest and largest one to appear happened Sunday night on Houston Avenue. A woman was driving behind a big rig when the road started to collapse. She is okay, but her car was damaged.
Houston Avenue is now closed, the other closure is on 12th in Hanford.
“I wouldn’t want to fall in it or drive through it,” says driver Mike Leady.
Throughout Kings County drivers may notice a few road closures.
“If it happened once, it might happen somewhere else,” he says.
Not only one or two sinkholes, but four have gave way on rural roads since Thursday, two of which are keeping roads closed.
The biggest one is on Houston Avenue East of 6th, it happened Sunday night when a semi truck was driving through.
“As a semi truck and trailer passed over the location the roadway collapsed, the vehicle behind him ended up hitting the collapsed portion and ended up damaging all four tires,” says Sgt. Ken McCord from the California Highway Patrol.
the driver, who was uninjured, was traveling fast enough and escaped falling in the hole.
“They are very fortunate how the situation played out,” he adds.
All of the sinkholes are giving way where canals pass underneath.
“The ditches where it is happening have been dry for a few years, so we are thinking that is having something to do with it,” says Kings County Road Superintendent Michael Hoggard.
The canals have not had this much water flowing in years due to the drought.
Kings County Road Superintendent Michael Hoggard says the aging infrastructure is not helping.
“The road vibrates through the years and takes a toll, ,and the pipelines do the same thing they take a toll on the roadway and all that when you put water in there you never know what is going to happen,” adds Hoggard.
He says once the water stops flowing in coming weeks they will be able to find out more.
For now he says his crews will be keeping their eyes out, but drivers hope this is the end of it.
“I hope they get it patched up,” says Leady.
Water will be flowing for 13 more days so repairs wont start for another 2 weeks.
If you come across any roads in question you are urged to call the county.