Consolidated Constructors contracted by the City of Farmington work on removing the debris from the collapsed pipe under the parking lot next to Great
Consolidated Constructors contracted by the City of Farmington work on removing the debris from the collapsed pipe under the parking lot next to Great Harvest Bread Company in Foothills Plaza on Wednesday in Farmington. (Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — Heavy rains Tuesday caused a drainage pipe on East Main Street to collapse, forming a sinkhole in the parking lot of a Farmington shopping center.

A 6-foot-wide storm drainage pipe located in the parking lot of Foothills Plaza, 4009 E. Main St., collapsed during the torrential downpour, said Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes. The sinkhole is located west of Great Harvest Bread Co.

The rain Tuesday caused flooding across the city.

Jeff Smaka, the city's public works director, said the sinkhole was about 10 feet wide and 4 feet deep when he arrived on the scene Wednesday morning.

Farmington firefighters cordoned off the area as safety precaution.

"You could see a small sinkhole on the surface, and it could be very large underneath," Smaka said.

On Wednesday afternoon, workers from Consolidated Constructors, contracted through the city, were busy removing the collapsed section of pipe before replacing the entire drainage pipe.

The pipe starts just north of the Great Harvest parking lot and runs south toward the Main Street and Herrera Road intersection.

The project to reconstruct the drainage pipe was planned for the fiscal year 2014 budget, but with the damage sustained, work started sooner, Smaka said.

"It's going to take a while," Smaka said. "It's a slow process. It'll take a few months to put it in the ground."

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.