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Goleta Dealing With Massive Sinkhole


Old Town Goleta was soaked by a water-main break at the corner of Hollister Avenue and Rutherford Street on Saturday evening. The flood began around 7 p.m. and was still spewing water two hours later, causing localized flooding and prompting law enforcement to temporarily shut down the main drag. Around 9 p.m., one unnamed deputy, who had been on-scene for hours, said that they did not yet know the cause but that the water was starting to slow down. “So they either found it,” he said, “or we’re running out of water.” Come Monday, the Goleta Water District was considering how to fix the massive sinkhole that remained, with repairs expected to happen midweek. The cause of the break is thought to be old infrastructure.

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