Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Those living in the area of 4th and C streets in Crescent City may want to alter their drive home for the next few days. City public works crews are repairing a failed storm drain, which created a small sinkhole over the weekend.

Interim City Manager and Public Works Director Eric Wier estimated the corrugated metal storm drain was installed 60 to 70 years ago.

Wier explained when storm drains fail, they often wash surrounding soils down the pipe.

“Usually, we don’t know about those until the pavement fails,” he said. “Luckily, this was a small hole and we got to it quickly.”

At the site, public works personnel had exposed the rusty pipe and several holes were evident.

Wier said the pipe is one of several leading to Front Street, which the city hopes to replace in an upcoming project. Currently, the city is waiting on grant funding to start the project, he said, but in the meantime, a second pipe will be installed to handle stormwater flows.

No estimate was given as to how long it will take to repair the pipe and repave the intersection.