Small sinkhole situation in Clinton Township a ‘routine fix,’ resolved quickly

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published December 11, 2018

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A recent water main break in Clinton Township eventually led to a mini sinkhole.

On Nov. 18, a water main break occurred near 15 Mile Road and Harper Avenue, causing township crews to tend to the issue.

Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said that at about 6 a.m. Dec. 3, the Clinton Township Police Department informed him that a situation had occurred. Rainwater reportedly got into the base as a result of heavy rainfall, eliminating part of the base.

As Community Relations and Media Services Director Jim Perpich described, “it kind of manifested itself” into what turned into a depression and a hole about 2 feet wide and 6 feet deep. He added that the broken water main was not in the right of way and was not underneath that stretch of road.

Stone was brought to the scene and was contracted into the hole, and the county redid cold patch. By about 10 a.m., the situation was deemed resolved and the road was open to traffic.

Cannon said it was a “routine fix.”

“There was no sinkhole, so to speak,” he said. “There was no water main break. It’s actually quite common for our crews to do that.”

Nowadays, when people hear the word “sinkhole,” they tend to think of emergency situations — like that which occurred on 15 Mile Road in Fraser a couple of years ago. However, the pipes near 15 and Harper are nowhere near the size of such other pipes.

“Anytime you hear someone say there’s a sinkhole in your community, your throat drops because that’s not good,” Cannon said. “It wasn’t anywhere near as serious as it was first reported.”

Perpich added that water main breaks are a commonality.

“Even though we having an aging infrastructure in this area, this was not in any way connected to the other problem on 15 Mile Road,” he said.

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