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Flooding fallout causes collapse

Friday, April 22, 2011

Recent flooding in the southeast part of Brazil, especially in the area of Ridge, Short and John streets, caused a collapse in the underground drainage tunnel known at Pogues Run. John Street has been closed as a safety precaution for motorists in the area until emergency repairs can be made. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
The fallout from the recent heavy rainfall continues.

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.

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So..not being from around here, what kind of tunnel are we talking about? Man made?? Lined with drainage pipe? Natural underground waterway?

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 8:35 AM


It was once thought to be a natural drainage (creek) that ran through the city. Several years ago (possibly 100) it was closed in. So to answer your question, both!

-- Posted by Partrosie on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 12:49 PM

Here is the stupid question of the day, I have lived here all my life and had never herd of Pogues Run. I read the comment about it being an old creek, so where did it run?

-- Posted by giveahootbusted on Mon, Apr 25, 2011, at 11:23 AM

IT starts on Murphy Road just south of 59, closes up behind Edgewood subdivison just east of Ringo Drive. Runs along the "valley" of the city emptys down by the Humane Society.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Mon, Apr 25, 2011, at 5:56 PM

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