Sinkhole Concerns in Bermuda Dunes
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CREATED Apr. 5, 2013
Could long cracks on a street in Bermuda Dunes cause a sinkhole?
A concerned KMIR6 viewer called us Friday.
We spoke with a manager of the water district that serves most of Bermuda Dunes, they were out fixing a leaking water line on the same street.
Meanwhile, the neighbor who contacted us is worried cracks in the road could signal a larger problem.
Jerry Sims is worried these cracks in the road and driveways could create a sinkhole.
The Bermuda Dunes resident says they just appeared 45 days ago.
"Every day it spreads a little more, a little more, each one. Something's causing a problem on this street," said Sims.
Jerry isn't sure what could be causing the cracks.
"Speculation. I think water somehow is getting into cross trenches. I know that we've had problems with the water district, their main is on that side, and it's leaked before," said Sims.
The general manager of Myoma Dunes Water Company, Mark Meeler, was at St. Ann's Bay Drive as they fixed a service line leak.
"We've had some leaks in the area and there's so much clay in the soil that the water actually surfaces. It's not real sandy here where it would just seep into the ground for a while, so the odds of these cracks being from a water leak are pretty slim, if at all," said Meeler.
So the general manager says water isn't to blame for the new cracks in the pavement.
"No the cracks, I mean some of the cracks do look newer, but I don't know how they got there, I'm sure they're not water related," said Meeler.
But Jerry wants someone to check out the road, in case these cracks continue to spread.
"What we need to do is for somebody, whether its the water agency, whether its the county, someone to pothole this and find out what's going on," said Jerry.
We also tried to reach the Riverside County Department of Transportation, they'd be responsible for the road, but their office is closed on Fridays.
We'll check with them next week to see if they're aware of the problem.