Large sinkhole opens up in middle of road in Madera

MADERA, Calif. -- A large sinkhole opened up in the middle of a road in Madera, California.

A chunk of Schnoor Avenue, north of Howard Avenue and south of 5th Street, collapsed. Madera police said it's not exactly known what caused the damage, but they believe it's likely due to the recent rains.

"When we arrived out here, it was a very small divot. Not very wide, not very long, not very deep. And within about a half-hour time, it turned into about half the size of what you see now. Over the past couple of hours it's kinda growing," said Matt Sauceda with Madera police.

"I'm worried about the house. We just barely moved in October. So, this is not what I wanted to see," said Joshua Medina, an area resident.

The street fell into the sewage line, and so far, a 12-feet by 15-feet section of roadway has collapsed. The hole is about 15 to 20 feet deep.

The road was shut down for repairs.
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