Sewer cave-in blocks off road in Chesapeake


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Chesapeake officials say a section of Meadow Wood Drive will be blocked off for two weeks after a sewer line cave-in.

“It smells like what did my students used to call it? A diaper pill smell,” said resident, Michelle Degnam. 

Degnam’s house is directly in front of the construction. 

“There was a knock on the door, there was a woman from Chesapeake. She was wearing her official vest and hat. She said we just want to tell you the property owner that we’re going to be working in front to replace the manhole covers,” Degnam said. 

Heath Covey, director of public communications for Chesapeake, says it was a developing problem they couldn’t see underground.

Covey says it started with a hole in the side of a nearby manhole that’s allowed dirt to get in and the recent rain caused it to turn into thick mud.

“If you want to cut through the neighborhood you just have to drive outside now,” explained resident Scott Greiling.

People who live in the neighborhood say the school bus routes will be impacted most. 

“There’s a bus pick up here, and there’s a bus pick up right at the corner. So what they’re going to have to do is come out, pick up, go back around, out, then come back in so that will add time,” said Degnam.

Residents say over the years they’ve experienced other sink holes further up the road, and before this one opened up the concrete was already beginning to crack. 

“It’s an old neighborhood, you’re going to expect a few things,” Greiling said.

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