Road caves under street sweeper

District crews fill in sinkhole, no 'major' damage to equipment

District of 100 Mile House staff member Barry Peterson

A sinkhole partially swallowed up the back end of a District of 100 Mile House street sweeper on April 28.

The sweeper, equipped with a vacuum, was brought in to help investigate a low water pressure complaint at a residence near the corner of First Street and Dogwood Crescent in 100 Mile House, says director of operations Phil Strain.

“As he pulled up, obviously, the road gave away.”

Losing a vehicle in a hole is an unusual occurrence, Strain adds.

“But it can happen when you have water leaks under the pavement and you don’t know they’re there.”

The sweeper was towed out shortly after it sunk. The hole – about five feet in diameter – was filled with gravel.

Strain says the area will be resurfaced around the middle of May.

There’s “very little damage” to the sweeper, he adds.

 

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