Sinkhole forms at 96th, College after heavy rain

Carmel authorities on July 13,2017, were monitoring a 10-by-10-foot sinkhole that has formed at an intersection on the Carmel-Indianapolis border. (WISH Photo)

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — A Hamilton County stormwater pipe ruptured after heavy rain Thursday night and left a giant sinkhole at an intersection on the Carmel-Indianapolis border.

Traffic has been restricted at the intersection because of the sinkhole, which was 10-by-10-feet on Thursday night. But it was growing larger throughout the evening.

About 8:30 p.m., a motorist reported to police a hole at the intersection of 96th Street and College Avenue, a busy crossing a block east of Meridian Street and just south of an Interstate 465 overpass.

Sinkhole at 96th Street and College Avenue in Carmel on July 13, 2017. (Provided Photo/Nancy Heck, City of Carmel)

Authorities arrived to help motorists navigate around the sinkhole, said Sgt. D.J. Schoeff of Carmel Police Department. A city engineer and Carmel Street Department authorities assessed the sinkhole, he said.

“It was spotted and caught, and our officers got there to prevent any injuries or accidents,” Schoeff said.

Carmel announced shortly after midnight Thursday that traffic will be unable to go west through the intersection of 96th and College until Hamilton County crews can repair the sinkhole. Traffic can access points between Westfield Boulevard and College along Real Street/96th Street from the Westfield Boulevard side, a news release from Carmel said.

A storm Thursday evening brought more than 2 inches of rain in about an hour to the north side of Indianapolis and parts of Hamilton County.

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