Another Macomb County sinkhole is possible, Candice Miller says

Posted at 2:39 PM, May 18, 2017

Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said there is the possibility that another sinkhole could happen in Macomb County if a damaged pipe is not taken care of.

Miller and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel spoke to reporters at the site of the Fraser sinkhole on Thursday afternoon.

According to Miller, the bypass built for the first collapse gave them the ability to go in and inspect the sewer interceptor and another adjacent interceptor. The adjacent interceptor is in bad condition with leaks and gushes.

The fix, Miller said, is much easier than fixing the original collapse that happened on 15 Mile in Fraser on Christmas Eve.

Miller said despite not being able to sell bonds and raise money to fix the collapse, she ordered a replacement part, at 2013 prices, to get the fix done right away.

Instead of building a cage like they have to do with the original sinkhole pipe, they can slip the new pipe in with the shaft already built.

"This is the time to fix it right now," Miller said. "We don't have to excavate. Another 20 feet, but that's about it."

The company has to have time to make the pipe, Miller said, and it will come from Texas.