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Updated: Road re-opens after heavy rains create massive hole in Santa Fe Ave. in Edmond

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Update: 7/05/15- EDMOND, Okla.- The repairs to a massive hole in North Santa Fe near Waterloo in Edmond have been completed. The roadway has reopened to traffic.

EDMOND, Okla. - (7/2/15)Thursday night’s rain left quite a mess for Edmond road crews along N. Santa Fe Ave.

"Typically, there are two drainage pipes that run underneath this road. We have one that's collapsed in, so that was part of the issue that we have," Casey Moore, spokesman for the City of Edmond, said.

There's a cavernous hole where a piece of this street used to be, just south of Waterloo.

Mother Nature was hard at work Thursday night, dumping six inches of rain on Edmond alone.

"As far as the city standpoint, this is the worst that we have. I know there is at least one business downtown that had some flooding, water damage last night," Moore said. "We are pretty fortunate."

But it could have been a disaster if it weren't for one motorist who called authorities about the washed out road around 1 a.m.

"We are really fortunate that nobody drove into this last night when this happened before we were able to close it off," Moore said.

Just a few feet away, Oak Tree National Golf Course's 15th hole is partially flooded. Experts say the collapsed pipe is likely to blame.

"Very surprised. We had heavy rains before, and it's never done this, but it must've come very quickly. The rain came down really hard," Duane Carriger, equipment manager with Oak Tree National, said.

A temporary fix is on the way, but for now, both lanes of Santa Fe will stay closed until they can get the materials needed for repairs.

Crews are hopeful the road will temporarily reopen over the weekend.

 

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