BANGOR — A water main break on First Street in Bangor caused a sinkhole Thursday morning.
A homeowner on First Street said he got a call around 11 a.m. about a water pipe explosion in front of his home. The homeowner, Tim Hoelzer, said crews arrived quickly.
“They reacted very quickly, which was nice. I’m just glad nobody was driving over the sinkhole when that went that could have been bad,” Hoelzer said.
Hoelzer said the driveway is gone and his backyard is washed out with water. He said when he first arrived on the scene the water was deep and his basement was been affected, but he said luckily it isn’t too bad.
Vaughan Littlefield, the construction supervisor for U.S. Infrastructure Co., said something like this can happen again.
He said many pipes in Bangor are like this one.
“We have a 12 inch-cast iron water main that was installed in 1911 that has developed a leak so we’re in the process of getting a crew on site to excavate and fix the problem,” said Littlefield.
Construction crews said several homes are without water but it should be back up and running by the end of Thursday night.