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Santa Clara Cleaning Up After Sinkhole Near Levi’s Stadium

Santa Clara’s Water and Utilities staff worked through the weekend to fill in a sinkhole that developed just behind Levi’s Stadium, near the Youth Soccer Park. Two cars fell into the collapsed hole before crews arrived on scene, but no one was hurt. The cars belonged to two commuters who were using the VTA parking lot at the time.

“At approximately 8 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2020, an underground, 12-inch recycled water pipe leak occurred in the area of Stars and Stripes Drive. City Water & Sewer Utilities staff worked quickly to shut off the water supply; however, street flooding still occurred,” said Santa Clara’s Director of Communications Lon Peterson.

Peterson says the sinkhole that developed was about 25 feet in diameter and 4 to 6 feet deep.


City crews managed to confine the damage to the parking lot. They will need to repair a 10-foot section of drain line and 10-foot section of recycled water main before they fix the asphalt.

“Barring any unforeseen issues, we expect to have the all repairs finished sometime early next week,” said Peterson.

The repairs are not expected to cause any problems to the local businesses.

“The majority of commercial customers still have access to recycled water and all commercial customers still have access to potable water for their mechanical systems while the recycled-water line is being repaired,” said Peterson.


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