12/04/2012 03:19 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Bay Area Sinkholes: Storm Creates Two Massive Sinkholes In Local Communities (VIDEO)

The storm that ravaged Northern California over the weekend has caused semi-permanent damage in two sleepy Bay Area communities.

Giant sinkholes swallowed parts of Lafayette and Santa Cruz in two separate instances.


A massive sinkhole erupted on a residential road in Lafayette on Sunday, taking over two lanes of Mountain View Drive. Officials blamed high water levels and a clogged storm drain.

According to Lafayette City Manager Steven Falk, the hole, which formed after the road collapsed onto the storm drain, is 80 feet long, 40 feet wide, and 15 feet deep. Authorities told KTVU that the damage may not be fully repaired until next spring.

"The bottom line is that there's going to be a hole in the ground for a long time," Falk said to CBS News.

According to KTVU, residents have been dodging generators, buzz saws and bulldozers in the storm's aftermath. "Tonight my name is s-a-d," said Joyce Liang, who lives on Mountain View Drive.

Falk said the city will create a temporary storm drain to quell future weather. Civil engineers are currently working to create a permanent fix.

A smaller sinkhole took over a sizable portion of roadway at the summit of Highway 17 near Vine Hill Road in the Santa Cruz mountains, CBS News reported.

And it's not over yet. Another storm system is expected to open up over Northern California starting Tuesday, with especially heavy rainfall across the Sierra Nevada.

Meteorologist Dan Keeton assured the Associated Press that this latest bout of precipitation will be slightly more gentle.

"It's going to be significant, but less impactful," he said. "There will be some isolated impact in certain areas, but nothing as widespread compared to what we saw late last week. This was a down payment on our winter water supply accumulation."

For more on Lafayette's sinkhole, watch CBS News' report below:



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