Large Sinkhole Forms in Oregon after Days of Rain

Sinkhole Oregon Jan 28 2016

(SOURCE)   A large sinkhole has closed a section of Highway 101 along coastal Oregon, and officials said it continues to grow in size.

The hole, at least 50 feet deep, has swallowed nearly the entire road in Harbor, Oregon, located about 100 miles north of Eureka, California, according to Q13 Fox. Though they haven’t declared an official cause for the sinkhole, Department of Transportation officials said the road will be closed through at least the first week of February, the report added.

No injuries have been reported, officials said.

“It’s massive. There’s just no other way to describe it,” Jared Castle, Department of Transportation spokesman for southwest Oregon, told NBC News.

ABC News said the sinkhole formed after yet another round of heavy rain in the area. According to Weather Underground data, Harbor received 2.19 inches of rain on Thursday, and has reported rainfall every day since Jan. 11. The town has only reported three rain-free days in 2016.

The sinkhole formed on the opposite side of the road from where another hole appeared in mid-December, according to the Curry Coastal Pilot. That sinkhole measured 30 feet wide and 25 feet deep in the parking lot of Fireside Grill, the report added.

Castle told NBC News the two holes have likely combined into one big hole.

“It’s a monster,” Castle told NBC News.

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