Massive sinkhole causes road closure in Henrico County

Henrico County

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A water main break in Henrico County left a giant sinkhole in the middle of a busy road overnight, causing traffic delays for people trying to get to work on Monday morning.

Henrico police found the sinkhole in the area of Santa Rosa Road and Discovery Drive at around 3:30 a.m. Crews began fixing the sinkhole, which has taken up a whole lane, at 4 a.m.

There are mostly office buildings in the area and traffic was diverted through the parking lots. One of the several office buildings in the area includes Optima Health, where Michele Holvino works. 

“We got an email stating, ‘Hey, the road is closed on Santa Rosa, there’s a huge sinkhole,’ and we’re like, ‘Oh, so that’s what it was!’” Holvino said. 

Henrico Public Utilities (HPU) said the water main break was repaired around 12:30 p.m. A crew worker told 8News it could take 12 to 14 hours to complete repairs.

“When I saw the sign and the street was blocked off, I was wondering what is going on,” said Naya Miles-Logan, who also works at Optima Health next to the sinkhole. “Whenever you see stuff like that with lights flashing and stuff blocked off, you instantly think that something is wrong.”

“It kind of freaked us out wondering if we’re going to lose power, what’s going to happen, but they said we might lose water for a couple of hours,” Holvino said. 

Despite the concerns, HPU said they were able to repair the break under pressure, meaning water was not cut off.

“We have ambulances running through here and everything because there’s a clinic across the street,” Miles-Logan said, referring to Henrico Doctors’ Hospital nearby. 

Henrico police confirmed that the water main break and roadway was repaired as of 10 p.m. on Monday. Santa Rosa Road has since been reopened.

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