7-foot sinkhole from SLC water main swallows car; water service restored along 1300 South

May 3, 2022, 7:04 AM | Updated: May 4, 2022, 8:55 am

SALT LAKE CITY — Officials said a 7-foot sinkhole swallowed one vehicle early Tuesday after a water main break flooded four homes and closed part of 1300 South.

Capt. Shaun Mumedy with the Salt Lake City Fire Department says they received a call for the “significant” break around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

City officials say 1300 South is closed between 700 and 800 West while crews work to repair the 16″ line.

No injuries have been reported, and Mumedy confirmed the sinkhole swallowed one vehicle.

It belonged to Flavio Hernandez who lives in one of the flooded homes with his family, grandparents, and aunt.

“Way too much damage,” said Hernandez. “Disappeared in a couple minutes. Dodge Delivery, nothing fancy but I have a newborn, and that’s my only transportation.”

Ryan Mellor, Battalion Chief of Salt Lake City Fire Department said this was the first time he’s ever seen a sinkhole like this.

“Now you see it. Now you don’t,” said Mellor.

Salt Lake City crews were working to drain the sinkhole and repair the line, which was constructed in the 1940s.

The car was removed before 11 a.m. Tuesday, and crews restored water service to area residents around 8 p.m.

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