Hayden Lake road with gaping hole closed until Saturday


by KREM.com


Posted on March 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 6:19 PM

HAYDEN LAKE, Idaho -- A stretch of Rimrock Road remained closed Friday after part of the roadway was washed away earlier this week, leaving a gaping 8 ft. hole.

Lakes Highway District officials planned to open one lane Saturday at the earliest.  Crews were still working to install a new culvert.  They would then re-route the stream through it so utility crews could repair a broken main water line.

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Three people were injured early Thursday after driving into large gap in the roadway.  None of the injuries were serious.

As crews continued repairs on Rimrock road Friday, neighbors were still left shocked by what Mother Nature had left behind the day before.

"I just couldn't believe it happened here because I never knew we had that much water, “said Raymond Strongle.  “It was, I guess, between the runoff and the rain that we had during the night that it would cause that to happen."

Deputies found that a culvert under Rimrock Road had failed due to heavy runoff.  As the roadway began to deteriorate, the main water line above it broke, washing out the entire width of the road.

Around 150 residents in the area would be without water until the water pipe was fixed. Authorities said as repairs are made, other utilities such as gas and telephone might also be affected.

Rimrock Road was shut down between Lakeview Dr. and Lancaster.