Sewer Main Collapses, Causes Sinkhole In San Francisco Richmond District

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A 100-year-old sewer main collapsed in San Francisco’s Richmond District Sunday morning, a utilities spokeswoman said.

The sewer main failed between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., causing a 2-foot sinkhole on 15th Avenue between Clement Street and Geary Boulevard, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokeswoman Betsy Rhodes said.

No residents lost water service, Rhodes said, though crews closed the street in order to make temporary repairs.

The street was scheduled to reopen later Sunday evening, Rhodes said.

According to the SFPUC, the aging sewer line that collapsed was scheduled to be replaced this month as part of the agency’s multi-billion dollar program to upgrade the city’s sewer system.

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  • Joe Hadenough

    Couldn’t they schedule it for an Obama fundraiser and speech about how we need a SF stimulus deal maybe 2 trillion to fix the bay area bridges and sewers?

  • used2bgop

    Troll Alert!!!

  • Michael Miranda

    Nice photo of the sinkhole…..

  • YourGarageMightBeUndergroundSoon

    This isn’t a rare occurrence. I passed by a water main break in the avenues and I could tell it was creating a small sink hole. Sand was gushing up and out by the force of the water. Tells you how stable your ground is.

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