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Sinkhole Watch in Clairemont

Sinkhole on the 4900 block of Acuna Drive
Sinkhole on the 4900 block of Acuna Drive

Just after 5 p.m. on June 7, San Diego police officers arrived on the 4900 block of Acuna Drive, where a resident had discovered a sinkhole in front of her home's driveway.

Officers confirmed that it was not a pothole, but a sinkhole of indeterminable size. Ten to 12 feet from the curb, the asphalt had a basketball-sized indentation with a softball-sized hole near the center.

One of the officers shined his flashlight into the hole and said, "It's a hole." Before departing, the officer informed the resident, "City crews will be en route." A neighbor placed a few orange cones in the road to warn drivers.

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At just after 7 a.m. on June 8 there was no sign of a city road crew, only the cones placed yesterday. Since last night, the hole has enlarged. The indentation is now the size of a round laundry basket. There seems to be a crack in the asphalt about six feet in circumference around the hole, which appears ready to collapse. Another crack travels 12 feet from the hole, up the blind uphill turn.

Jeremy, a resident on the block, said, "This could become another La Jolla." He said a city worker had come by last night and said, "We have a lot of potholes."

About 20 minutes after a call to the SDPD non-emergency line this morning, a two-officer car came on the scene. The officers confirmed it's more than a pothole and contemplated forcing a collapse of the unstable asphalt but then decided against the idea.

Climbing back into their cruiser, an officer said,  "Someone will be here to take care of this."

In the meantime, vehicles zip downhill (most at well over the posted 25 mph speed limit), past a hazard they cannot see.

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Sinkhole on the 4900 block of Acuna Drive
Sinkhole on the 4900 block of Acuna Drive

Just after 5 p.m. on June 7, San Diego police officers arrived on the 4900 block of Acuna Drive, where a resident had discovered a sinkhole in front of her home's driveway.

Officers confirmed that it was not a pothole, but a sinkhole of indeterminable size. Ten to 12 feet from the curb, the asphalt had a basketball-sized indentation with a softball-sized hole near the center.

One of the officers shined his flashlight into the hole and said, "It's a hole." Before departing, the officer informed the resident, "City crews will be en route." A neighbor placed a few orange cones in the road to warn drivers.

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At just after 7 a.m. on June 8 there was no sign of a city road crew, only the cones placed yesterday. Since last night, the hole has enlarged. The indentation is now the size of a round laundry basket. There seems to be a crack in the asphalt about six feet in circumference around the hole, which appears ready to collapse. Another crack travels 12 feet from the hole, up the blind uphill turn.

Jeremy, a resident on the block, said, "This could become another La Jolla." He said a city worker had come by last night and said, "We have a lot of potholes."

About 20 minutes after a call to the SDPD non-emergency line this morning, a two-officer car came on the scene. The officers confirmed it's more than a pothole and contemplated forcing a collapse of the unstable asphalt but then decided against the idea.

Climbing back into their cruiser, an officer said,  "Someone will be here to take care of this."

In the meantime, vehicles zip downhill (most at well over the posted 25 mph speed limit), past a hazard they cannot see.

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I am well aware how this city ignores complaints. Fire season is approaching and still they do nothing about the palm trees growing between the power lines on the hill on Polk between Georgia & Florida with their dead fronds hanging over and dangling from the lines and the one tree growing leaning into the utility pole. So what else is new?

June 8, 2012

Those are not power lines, they are ATT phone lines. The City of San Diego and SDGE are not responsible for those lines, and they will not cause a fire. So you need to take a breath. Also, when has the fire season ever threatened University Heights? You sir or ma'am, are a sensationalist.

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