Section of Diaz Road closed due to sinkhole

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A sinkhole has closed a portion of Diaz Road in Temecula, city officials say. Will Fritz photo

A portion of Diaz Road was closed in Temecula while crews work to fix a sinkhole that opened up in the roadway, apparently as a result of last week’s storm, a city official said Monday.

The sinkhole appeared Wednesday on the east side of Diaz between Zevo Drive and Remington Avenue, north of Winchester Road, according to Temecula Public Works Director Patrick Thomas.

The road has been closed in that area since that time, Thomas said. Eastern Municipal Water District employees were at the site Monday to make temporary repairs, the city of Temecula said on Instagram.

“We believe the sinkhole was caused by some type of leak or something out of one of the utility district lines, but we’re not sure exactly what it was, so they’re still investigating and determining what their repair plan will be,” Thomas said.

The city’s Instagram post initially said it was expected at least one lane in each direction will be able to be reopened later on Monday, but the city said Monday evening that the repairs were unable to be completed and the closure remained in full effect.

Thomas said the city hopes to have the road repaired in time for the rainstorm that’s expected to arrive Tuesday night.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.