Repairing Chatsworth sinkhole could cost $4 million, Caltrans says

Repairing a massive sinkhole that opened up following heavy rains in Los Angeles could cost up to $4 million, Caltrans officials said. 

The sinkhole formed Jan. 9 on Iverson Road just south of the 118 Freeway in Chatsworth

Officials say a 50-year-old drainage pipe was clogged with rocks and mud and split open causing the mess. 


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Two vehicles fell into a sinkhole on Iverson Road in Chatsworth trapping four people. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A few days after it formed, workers said the hole was more than 40 feet deep. 

Two cars were swallowed into the sinkhole and four people were rescued. A Nissan that a mother and daughter had to be rescued from appeared to look more like a crunched-up tin can with the hood, roof, and all the doors completely smashed in. The truck that fell into the hole appeared to be a total loss. Luckily, no one was seriously injured. 

The LA City Council has since approved $500,000 in emergency funding to expedite the repairs.