It wasn’t a good wake-up call for residents of a Scarborough townhouse.
On Wednesday morning, the homeowners opened the front door to their home on Palmdale Drive, located near Sheppard Avenue East and Warden Avenue, and found their SUV sitting in a sinkhole in their driveway.
The sinkhole was caused by a watermain break, which happened at around 6:30 a.m.
It’s the second watermain break at the 40-year-old complex, which is managed by a condominium corporation, in the past week.
Homeowner George Du told CityNews there was a watermain problem on the opposite side of the street last week.
“A couple of days ago, I think Thursday very early morning, a main and water pipe had broken, same situation. We just fixed it. Same corporation,” he said.
No injuries were reported. It’s not yet known if the car in the driveway was damaged.
The pipes belong to the condo board, and the city’s only responsibility was to shut off the water. Residents said they called the city just after 6 a.m. and were told crews were in the middle of a shift change and would arrive in a few hours. According to residents, city workers showed up around 8:30 a.m.
Since the watermain break is on private property, the condo corporation will have to pay for the repairs.
Contractors were at the scene locating gas and hydro lines so that infrastructure wouldn’t be damaged during the excavation.
The condo board is worried the pipes need to be replaced due to the aging complex, which was built in 1975. The pipes are rusted and falling apart.
Earlier this month, homeowners voted 60 per cent in favour of firing their property management company Fuller Spicer Property Management but for unrelated reasons. Residents said the company was too expensive and slow at getting things done. So now, only the condo board is in charge.
Residents paid $450 a month in condo fees. It’s still unclear if the rate will go up to fix the pipes.
An emergency condo meeting will be held so that residents can vote on fixing all the pipes.