San Francisco

Crews Cordon Off Shallow Sinkhole in San Francisco

San Francisco's sewer system continues to show its age as a sinkhole opened up on Lakeview Avenue Friday evening.

Crews placed blockades around the roughly 4-foot deep hole near Margaret Avenue, according to the city's Public Utilities Commission. 

The sinkhole was secured not long after it was reported, and crews mulled making quick repairs. A permanent fix may not be likely until after the Memorial Day holiday, officials said.

Neighbors still have access in and out of the area and no utilities were shut off so water service continued to the area's homes.

A rash of sinkholes has pockmarked San Francisco's streets in recent months.

Most recently, a sinkhole opened up on Polk Street on May 13. Three days before that, a family inside an SUV got stuck in a sinkhole in the city's South of Market District.

In April, a sewer main break caused a sinkhole on Sacramento Street. Another sinkhole appeared in Noe Valley in December.

SFPUC officials said they are working to replace the declining system.

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