CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A sink hole on Montgomery and Cross Street in Chicopee left some people without water Wednesday morning.
“When I woke up, my son, he goes to school around 7:00 a.m. and he said we didn’t have any water,” said Thao Nguyen of Chicopee.
A 22News crew saw a car stuck inside the sink hole and it was eventually towed away. The Chicopee Water Department needed to wait for the okay from DIG-SAFE before they could begin repairing the water main that broke. They told 22News that a car hit a fire hydrant and knocked it over.
You could see the tire tracks that came across a yard from a car who actually hit a fire hydrant. It’s designed to be knocked over because if not the water would’ve come up like a summertime makeshift fountain instead of potentially going underground.
“It’s an older main in this section, maybe it causes a crack in the pipe,” said Assistant Superintendent of the Chicopee Water Department, Michael Beliveau.
The water department says it is unclear if that accident directly caused the sink hole but it’s possible the incidents are related.
“We just have to excavate the road and find out where the leak is coming from and then we can either cut out a new piece or we might be able to put a repair wrap around it and fix it up in place,” said Beliveau.
The water was restored before noon.