Massive sinkhole opens up in downtown Ottawa
Friday, February 21, 2014, 12:14 PM -
As if a messy wintry mix wasn't enough to impact the morning commute, a giant sinkhole closed the intersection of Laurier Avenue East and Waller Street in downtown Ottawa Friday morning.
The hole forced OC Transpo to shut down a nearby transit station, causing major delays for several commuters.
The cause of the sinkhole, which measures about eight metres wide and 12 metres deep, is unknown, authorities say.
Laurier E/B closed from Queen Elizabeth to Waller - roadway collapse. OPS directing traffic. Duration unknown. Avoid area.— City of Ottawa (@ottawacity) February 21, 2014
It came at a time however, that saw rain and freezing rain push into the area.
The hole is within about 100 metres of the site where city crews have been digging for a new light rail transit line, The Canadian Press reports.
No injuries have been reported.
A sinkhole said by Police to be 40' deep has opened up near Ottawa U, at Laurier/Waller pic.twitter.com/7qHdKFzbvr— Stu Mills (@StuMillsCBC) February 21, 2014
With files from The Canadian Press