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Crews Repairing Chatsworth Sinkhole

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Crews are working to repair the massive sinkhole that opened in Chatsworth during last week’s torrential rains. On January 9 two cars drove into the sinkhole in the 11400 block of Iverson Road, trapping four people. Two were able to climb out on their own, but a mother and daughter had to be rescued and were hospitalized with minor injuries. Caltrans reported that there are a sewer line, water pipe and utility phone line that first have to be relocated due to the sinkhole; they expect to move them this week. Public Works Commissioner Vahid Khorsand told North Valley News that, “StreetsLA has worked feverishly to shore up the slopes at the massive sinkhole. The remainder of the work will be done by Caltrans.”  He also said that over two weeks of storms the Department of Public Works received more than 1,500 requests for tree emergencies and over 2,400 requests for pothole repairs. Of those, 812 have been repaired. Councilman John Lee’s office also allocated emergency funding to address the sinkhole repair. There is no time frame set by Caltrans when those repairs will be finished.