Share story

RANIER, Ore. (AP) — A sinkhole that opened during early December floods in Rainier remains open, with no repair date scheduled.

The Daily News reports ( ) that the Oregon Department of Transportation is spending about $10,000 a day to pump water from the hole to keep it from flowing over nearby Highway 30, however a more permanent repair is still in the works.

ODOT spokesman Lou Torres says the sinkhole was caused when a corrugated metal culvert that carries Fox Creek through Rainier was overwhelmed with water during the storms earlier this month.

Torres says it is unclear how much damage was done to the culvert. ODOT has assembled a project team that includes a geologist, hydrologist and engineers to determine how to fix the problem once they pinpoint the source of the trouble.


Information from: The Daily News,