According to our news partners at CBS 7, on May 26th, Big Spring resident Lana Munoz was surprised to feel her car sinking into what she thought was a puddle near the corner of Donley and 13th in Big Spring. Thankfully, she was able to escape her vehicle without physical injury before it took a nosedive into a massive hole created by a busted water main.
Shane Bowles, Public Works Director for the City of Big Spring, explained that there had not been a hole in the area prior to the leak. The hole resulted from the amount of water and pressure that arose from the break in the pipe.
"It's just caused by a 20-inch water leak that occured. There's so much water that comes out of a 20-inch that surfaced and created the hole there."
When asked how the City plans to repair the hole and keep others from falling in, Bowles stated, "Right now the City does have barricades around the hole. We're waiting for the rain to let up so we can empty the water that is currently sitting in there. Once that is dry, we'll be able to backfill and repave it."
Bowles advised that once the hole is dried out he anticipated that refilling it would take about a day, and the repaving it would take an extra day after that.