A pothole caused a road closure on the westbound side of Pacific Coast Highway near Long Beach City College’s Pacific Coast Campus Monday afternoon, but the road has since reopened.
The small, 10-inch by 10-inch pothole was reported around noon Monday near Pacific Coast Highway and Gundry Avenue, according to the Long Beach Fire Department. LBFD spokesperson Brian Fisk said the pothole was seen with water bubbling near the surface but did not seem to cause significant damage to the street.
The road closure spanned from Orange Avenue to Walnut Avenue. A Public Services Bureau crew assessed the street and is currently addressing the damage, Long Beach Public Works Department spokesperson Joy Contreras said.
“It is estimated that the heavy rainfall earlier today contributed to the pothole/alleged sinkhole,” Contreras said in a text message Monday afternoon.
Long Beach received more than a half-inch of rain on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Contreras later said the pothole was caused by an issue with the pump station and stone drain system at the Dee Andrews Sports Complex at Chittick Field.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information from the Public Works Department, including that the traffic hazard was officially classified as a pothole.