City patches up second sinkhole in a week

By CHAT News Today
May 24, 2017 - 5:38pm Updated: May 24, 2017 - 7:05pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — City crews in Medicine Hat have patched up the second sinkhole which formed downtown in less than a week.

The hole was discovered at the intersection at Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue, just one week after one opened in front of the Chamber of Commerce office on the same street a week ago.

Crews say the first sinkhole was caused by old sewer infrastructure collapsing.

Trevor Funk, superintendent of operations with the city’s Municipal Works department, says they’re still investigating the cause of the second sinkhole.

He adds the city is always monitoring infrastructure to ensure its stability.

“We definitely have an infrastructure rehab program that occurs every year and we’re always targeting older infrastructure,” he said. “We’re always inspecting older infrastructure to see how it’s holding up.”

Funk says the city responds to several calls for sinkholes each year, mostly related to aging infrastructure.

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