On Friday, Brazil City Hall announced recent flooding along Pogues Run collapsed an underground tunnel that runs under John Street, causing a closure of the street as a safety precaution.
"This has happened in other areas along Pogues Run, but we were able to fix them pretty quickly," Sanitation/Wastewater Collection Supervisor Terry Robison told The Brazil Times Thursday during a survey of damages along the natural floodplain area. "It's an old drainage system, but his is the biggest one we've had to repair in some years."
According to Robison, the large sinkhole apparently helped the flooding situation.
A crack in the tunnel caused by years of wear and tear gave way when the heavy rain from the Tuesday storm flooded the area.
"When it finally caved in, the water was able to get out of the area a lot quicker than before," Robison said. "This system snakes along the entire city and takes in runoff from not just Brazil, but from around the county as well. When you get that much water in such a short time, it's just too much for the system to handle."
Robison said contractors have been contacted to make bids about repairing the hole.
The large curiosity is attracting a crowd of local residents who want to see the damage caused by the recent storm. And, although the sinkhole is on the east side of John St., the tunnel runs directly under the road.
The road will remain closed until emergency repairs can be made to Pogues Run.