Sinkhole swallows car after burst water main closes roads in Kingsley

A car has been swallowed by a sinkhole in Kingsley. Picture: Sarah Thomas.
A car has been swallowed by a sinkhole in Kingsley. Picture: Sarah Thomas.
A car has been swallowed by a sinkhole in Kingsley. Picture: Sarah Thomas.
A car has been swallowed by a sinkhole in Kingsley. Picture: Sarah Thomas. A car has been swallowed by a sinkhole in Kingsley. Picture: Sarah Thomas. A car has been swallowed by a sinkhole in Kingsley. Picture: Sarah Thomas.

A BURST water main has caused flooding and road closures in Kingsley, with a sinkhole opening and up and swallowing a car.

WA Police issued advice via the North West Metropolitan District Facebook page for people to avoid the area about 6am today.

“Due to a burst water main and flooding in the Kinglsey area, residents are asked to avoid the following areas,” it said.

“Whitfords Avenue junction Kinglsey Drive and approximately 400m south of this area and also Johns Wood Drive.”

“Expect road closures in this area.”

Residents have also posted about waking up to no water.

A Water Corporation spokeswoman said crews were on site after the main burst earlier this morning.

“We are just finishing off isolating the broken water main,” she said.

“It’s taken a little longer than normal – a vehicle that was parked in the area was blocking the valve.

“As soon as we get that off, we can excavate.”

The spokeswoman said it had affected water supplies to a small number of households and there would updates on the faults section of the Water Corporation’s website.

It currently says the fault affects Forest Hill Drive and surrounding areas, with restoration estimated about 10am. Update, 12.30pm: The estimated restoration time has been pushed back to 3pm.

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