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Friday, October 15, 2021

Water main break creates sinkhole swallowing vehicle in The Villages

A water main break in The Villages created a sinkhole which swallowed a vehicle.

The water main break occurred Monday in the Village of Mira Mesa, near the intersection of Del Mar Drive and Ventura Court. The water main break spurred a precautionary boil water alert for the neighborhood.

A vehicle was swallowed up in a sinkhole in the Village of Mira Mesa earlier this week
A vehicle was swallowed up in a sinkhole in the Village of Mira Mesa on Monday. This photo was shared on social media.

The water main break resurrects an argument raised in April by a Community Development District 1 supervisor. William Jenness has suggested that aging pipes in The Villages need to be replaced with pipes made from modern materials.

Water main breaks in The Villages occur with some frequency:

• Last month, a water main break shut down businesses at Colony Plaza.

The driver of this van escaped safely in July 2020 after the vehicle sank into a sinkhole on the Historic Side of The Villages.

• Last year, a newspaper delivery person was running his route on East Schwartz Boulevard on the Historic Side of The Villages when the front end of his van sank into a sinkhole, also created by a water main break.

This minivan sank into a hole created by a water main break in December 2019 on the Historic Side of The Villages.

A Villages couple had to climb out of their vehicle in December 2019, when it sank into a sinkhole after a water main break, also on East Schwartz Boulevard.

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