Update: Collapsed pipe caused sinkhole outside Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club


The sinkhole that opened up outside President Donald Trump’sMar-a-Lago Club on Monday might not be fixed until Thursday, an official said.

The 4-foot by 4-foot hole opened on Southern Boulevard across the street from the club’s south entrance. Crews continued digging the hole with an excavator Monday until it was about 10 feet wide and several feet deep.

> Sinkhole opens outside Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach

The sinkhole was caused by a 7- to 8-foot long section of a stormwater pipe that collapsed about 5 feet under the ground, according to West Palm Beach City Administrator Jeff Green.

“So it’s not a sinkhole in the true sense,” Green said. “Normal sinkholes relate to the collapsing of ground beneath water and lime.”

He said increased traffic along the route because of Trump’s presence in Palm Beach didn’t contribute to the collapse.

“This had to do with when it was installed,” he said.

> The internet lost it when a sinkhole opened in front of Trump’s club

The pipe was installed more than 10 years ago and belongs to the Town of Palm Beach, though Green said the City of West Palm Beach is contracted to repair and maintain the pipe. Green said the Florida Department of Transportation also is working with crews.

The far eastbound lane of Southern Boulevard is closed, though traffic is moving through what is normally the turn lane into the club. The hole will take one to two days to fix, according to Green.

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