Hole in Canal Causes Concerns

by Audry Kensicki on March 15, 2010 at 4:08 am

The rainy weather may be the culprit of a hole in the Muskingum River canal in downtown Zanesville.

The city was made aware of the hole around 12:30 this afternoon.

City Engineer Chip Saunders said a team of city workers is out on the scene.

"Right now what we’re trying to do is diagnose the problem," said Saunders. "We do have a storm sewer in the area. We’re going to send some folks from the sewer department to inspect the storm sewer. We’re going to see if there is possibly a hole in the storm sewer."

Saunders said the hole could become larger if not fixed immediately. But the river levels aren’t high enough to complicate the problem further.

"The canal itself has a pyle, a sheet pyle wall in front of it," he said. "This is behind that, so we’ve still got the sheet pyle to protect the canal itself, but we need to get the hole fixed as quickly as possible."

Saunders said this is the second time a hole has appeared in the canal.The Ohio Department of Natural Resources fixed another hole caused by a storm sewer.