Winnipeg: Police Tape Off Large Sinkhole in Winnipeg’s North End

Update: see previous posts – March 29, 2013 Montreal: Sinkhole Swallows Two Cars in Parking Lot Near Montreal Airport, September 5, 2012 Ottawa: Sinkhole Swallows Car

A large sinkhole in Winnipeg's north end has been taped off by police. (CBC)
A large sinkhole in Winnipeg’s north end has been taped off by police. (CBC)

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Winnipeg police have blocked a large sinkhole at an intersection in the city’s north end Sunday.

Officers were called to Airlies Street and Ashbury Bay at about 1 p.m.

There’s no word on how long the hole has been there.

City crews are currently on scene to repair the crater.

Sinkholes are depressions and holes that occur in the surface of land. Most are caused by fluctuating water levels underground, but they can also be caused by things such as the collapse of an underground cave or an abandoned mineshaft.

Other things that can trigger a sinkhole is human activity. When groundwater is pumped out for irrigation, the overall groundwater level can drop, which can start the creation of a sinkhole.

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