A sinkhole in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood has some residents alarmed and they’re calling it a hazard.
Vince Covelli said he was alarmed by the gaping hole he saw at the corner of Essex Way and Edmond Street on Friday, so he put up an orange cone as a warning.
“I walked by and seen how deep it was, got a flashlight, seen 5 foot circle at least, maybe more than that,” said Covelli.
The hole is about half a foot in diameter, but it is what’s underneath that is so alarming. It’s a hollow space about 3 feet deep with nothing supporting the road or sidewalk.
“If a garbage truck came down, ( it’d) go in. That’s going to go in far. It’s deep,” said Covelli. “My granddaughter, if she fell, (she’d) go all the way down. She’s a tiny little thing.”
While Channel 11’s news crew was at the sinkhole shooting, heavy rain began to fall, rushing down the street and making the hole even wider.
Neighbors said they called the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, who were there in minutes, looking for a water main break or leak. The crews tried to find out why the ground underneath the road is eroding and washing away, but they found nothing.
Neighbors want the sinkhole gone, calling it a hazard that’s likely to get worse.
“Sinkholes all of a sudden collapse. We have lots of little kids in this neighborhood. (It) could be very dangerous,” said Covelli.