Sunday, February 14, 2010

"Y-crack" earth fissure re-opens near Queen Creek

The well-known "Y-crack" earth fissure near Queen Creek, south of Phoenix, re-opened last month following heavy rainstorms.   The area at the corner of Happy Rd and 195th is in unincorporated Maricopa County but  the Town of Queen Creek's Utilities Department is responsible for the water delivery system in the area.  The hole opened around four residential water valves.  It is approximately 20 feet deep according to city's public works staff.

This same location opened in August 2005 across a much longer extent and helped precipitate the passage of the legislation that directs AZGS to map and make public earth fissure maps.    [right, telephone pole used to suspend water lines in earth fissure.  Photo credit, Joe La Fortune, Town of Queen Creek]

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