No avoiding this large sink hole near Hanford

A large sinkhole has formed outside of Hanford and Lemoore, shutting down lanes going both directions on 11th Avenue.

The sinkhole, which opened around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, is approximately 13 feet by 20 feet and likely was caused by failed irrigation pipe, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman John Tyler.

Water can be seen coming out of the sink hole, in the CHP video.

No vehicle accidents associated with the hole but the road is expected to be closed for about a week, Tyler added.

Multiple sinkholes on other roads around the Hanford area have surfaces in recent years, also because of old irrigation pipes.

When the pipes bursts, because it’s not used to the large flows of water after years of little flow, it causes sections of a road to collapse.

Bryant-Jon Anteola: (559) 441-6362, @Banteola_TheBee