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Winnipeggers concerned by city’s response to sinkhole on Burrin Avenue – Winnipeg

Winnipegr Matthew Rickard expressed some Security Concern over the city’s response to a large sinkhole near 222 Burrin Ave., right across Main Street.


Rickard said he saw the sinkhole on Sunday and so his wife called 311. He said that the city came quickly and put a cone in it and called it a small crater.

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“The city came out pretty quickly. I mean, I don’t want to let anyone down, but I have a little bit of construction experience and just by looking at the sinkhole out there, you can tell it’s getting bigger and bigger by the day.” ,” he said. “So. I mean, it wasn’t right to put a cone there.”

Picture of the crater when it was first seen.

Matthew Richard

Rickard said that a while ago a woman didn’t see the cone and accidentally drove past it, it got stuck under her car and she said she helped get it out. He said he put some sandbags and caution tape around the cone, hoping people would see it and avoid the area.

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A resident puts sandbags and caution tape around a Winnipeg city cone to mark the sinkhole.

Matthew Richard

“We stand there all the time to unload our groceries, so this may be one of our sundown vehicles.”

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Before long, what started out as a “small pothole” had developed into a large sinkhole. Rickard called 311 again on Sunday evening to tell them the situation had worsened. “It’s probably an eight-foot x eight-foot square that’s completely submerged now.”

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By Monday, a portion of the road had collapsed and was filled with water, and exposed rebars could be seen.

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City crews have since closed a portion of the road and sidewalk in the affected areas. Global News reached out to the city for comment on when repairs will be made, but has not yet received a response.

Photo of the barricades now in place around the sinkhole.

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