Massive sink hole opens on Main Street in East Aurora

Posted at 5:27 AM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 23:13:24-05

A section of Main Street in East Aurora is closed after a massive sink hole opened in the parking lot of Mikey Dee's Cafe.

Crews were on-scene around 9:30 p.m. Sunday working to stop the hole from getting bigger.

The Mayor of East Aurora says the sink hole first opened up last week.

Crews put a temporary fix on it, but the 20 by 20 foot sink hole started expanding again as soon as the rain started falling.

"What happened after we got over two and a half inches of rain in a short period of time, the water that flows through Tannery Brooke just came through and opened up the temporary stop-gap that we had in place," said East Aurora Mayor Allan Kasprzak. "Now it becomes an emergency situation where this becomes a public safety project."

This has been an ongoing problem for the village. This issue is much of the Village of East Aurora is built over Tannery Brook. This happened after the Main Street Bridge collapsed in the 1980s. The drainage pipe was only designed to last 30 years. IT has now been 31 years. 

The mayor said he has been asking the state to aid the efforts to fix this broken infrastructure. He has now requested a State of an Emergency.

The village engineer was on-scene today to see what has to be done.

If a complete overhaul is needed the mayor says it could cost up to a million dollars to fix.

Mickey Dee's utilities were turned off and deemed unsafe until engineers can figure out the situation.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the employees of the restaurant.