A collapsed clay drain pipe, weakened due to recent heavy rain, is to blame for a sinkhole that opened up in the intersection of Front Street and Broadway Avenue in Tyler on Tuesday.
According to Larry Krantz with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the top of the pipe caved in.
"We haven't used clay pipes in a long time," said Krantz.
Crews located both ends of the pipe, which runs diagonally across the intersection, and now have to find out how to rectify the problem - they must either remove it or replace it. For now, water is being diverted from the drainage area and a temporary patch should hold until a permanent solution is found.
Crews from the TxDOT along with Tyler Water Services spent most of the day at the intersection to scope the drains to determine the source of the sinkhole. The City of Tyler deployed "Rover," their remote control drain camera, to look for the origins of the sinkhole.