Spinnaker Bay Water Main Break

A water main rupture early Sunday morning (Oct. 20) caused a sinkhole on Spinnaker Bay Drive at Parsons Landing. According to Long Beach Fire Department public information officer Brian Fisk, about 40 homes had water service disrupted. Crews excavated the hole and found a hole in a pipe and are expected to have it repaired by the evening, when overnight work will begin to fill the hole and restore water service and street access.

A water main rupture at 6:20 a.m. Sunday morning, Oct. 20, caused a sinkhole on Spinnaker Bay Drive at Parsons Landing, and crews were still at work at noon Monday to complete repairs.

The incident has left approximately 42 homes in the neighborhood without water, according to Sean Crumby, deputy general manager of engineering at the Long Beach Water Department. Water was being brought it for homes without service.

Residents were being allowed to take vehicles out of the area, but could not bring their cars back in until Monday night.

Personnel from Police, Fire, Public Works and Health departments responded Sunday to help with controlling the scene.

Emergency crews responded immediately to shut off the water and excavate the hole, Crumby added, and ultimately found a hole in a pipe. Crews worked through the night to fill the hole and restore water service and street access.

Work continued through most of Monday, with complications ranging from more leaks in the water pipe to an adjacent storm drain that had numerous cracks. At its largest, the hole was about 10 feet by 20 feet, and 10 feet deep. The digging was particularly delicate because all utilities in that area are underground.

"Crews are working to get everything back in order," Crumby said. "We are optimistic that we will have water restored to the homes today."

Water was fully restored to residents on Monday evening. Work early Tuesday resolved the storm drain issue without more major excavation, and the natural gas line was able to be rewrapped without relocating it.

However, it will take several days to make final repairs and backfill the hole. It then must settle, with a temporary patch, for 10 days.

When everything has stabilized, a longer stretch of pavement will be replaced because the original break raised pavement a couple of inches down the road, officials said.

—Stephanie Stutzman

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