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By Alex Groves
Associate Editor 

TEMECULA: Water main break, flooding lead to sinkhole on Jefferson Avenue


Last updated 5/11/2018 at 10:29am

Update: 10 a.m., May 11, 2018

Crews were still making repairs on a portion of Jefferson Avenue Friday in the aftermath of a water main break and flooding, but work was expected to be completed later in the day.

Though the northbound side of Jefferson Avenue is closed between Rancho California Road and Calle Cortez, the southbound side is open and is being used for traffic traveling in both directions.

Contractors for the Rancho California Water District still have to repair a ruptured 24-inch water line on the northbound side but once that work is done, both the northbound and southbound sides of Jefferson will be open.

The Temecula roadway was closed Wednesday evening after a water main break caused severe flooding and also created a roughly 80-foot sinkhole.

Crews worked late Wednesday night and Thursday morning to get the hole repaired before opening up the southbound lanes, with one of the two southbound lanes functioning as an outlet for northbound traffic.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Update: 9 a.m., May 10, 2018

A portion of Jefferson Avenue remained closed Thursday after flooding from a water main break caused a large sinkhole.

The roadway is closed from Rancho California Road to Calle Cortez, according to a Facebook post from city officials.

"Crews worked all night and continue to work to make the road safe again," they wrote.

The roughly 80 foot sinkhole opened early Wednesday evening after a water main break caused severe flooding along the roadway.

Authorities were able to clear vehicle traffic through the area before closing a portion of the roadway leading up to the sinkhole, located at Jefferson Avenue and Del Rio.

Original story:

A water main break in Temecula caused flooding and the creation of a large sinkhole on Jefferson Avenue early Wednesday evening and motorists were being advised to avoid the area.

The water main break, which happened shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, caused a roughly 80-foot sinkhole on the southwest corner of Jefferson Avenue and Del Rio. Authorities had traffic blocked in both directions leading up to the sinkhole.

"If you were planning on traveling in the area of Jefferson Avenue and Del Rio... just don't," a Temecula Police Department Facebook post written around 7:30 p.m. said. "We have a fluid situation developing. It's currently sinking. We were able to quickly clear vehicle traffic but we are looking at a very large sinkhole right at the intersection and traffic is stopped in both directions."

It wasn't clear when repairs might be made to the roadway or when traffic might start flowing through the area again.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.


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