Water main break opens up hole in Ocala neighborhood

- Workers will return to Southwest 83rd Street in the Oak Run community in Ocala on Friday to continue filling in a hole created by a water main break. Neighbors reported that the pipe had burst Wednesday night. 

On Thursday crews replaced the pipe and began filling the hole back in.  When the line burst, it washed away the earth in front of one home rendering it uninhabitable. 

Richard Dally and his wife were watching television in a home nearby.  “We heard this big boom.  So we went out the front door and I heard water and I thought it’s not raining,” Dally said  

Water was flowing out of the busted pipe and down the street.  Officials say the running water washed the soil away and that’s what created the hole that grew to 50 feet wide and 18 feet deep.  “We don’t see any evidence of a geological event and the guy with the water company said it could just have been a small leek for a while and then ruptured into what we had last night,” said Marion County Emergency Management Director Chip Wildy Thursday morning.

Still, Wildy said the county will investigate to see if there is a sinkhole somewhere below the water main that could have caused the line to burst.   Wildy expects it to take a couple of days to fill in the hole.  The road will be repaved after that.

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