Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The city of Playa del Carmen says that the latest sink hole found along a central beach is likely a natural hole, not a failed sewage drain.
Through a press release, Solidaridad City Council announced that several agencies including the Directorates of Environment and Climate Change, ZOFEMAT and Civil Protection have analyzed the sink hole and taken water samples.
The Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Orquídea Trejo Buendía, said “No foul odors were detected that allow us to say that it is black water, however, the most important thing at this point is the protection of the area to avoid accidents.”
The hole, which is located directly on the beach at the end of 10th Avenue, has a 3-meter diameter and is about 2.5 meters deep. The hole has been cordoned off by Civil Protection and Public Security, however, the city says they are still waiting for the results of the water sample to officially rule out a failed sewage drain.
The city says that due to Playa del Carmen soil conditions, it is common for sinkholes to occur. One of the largest area sinkholes was along the Playa del Carmen-Cancun federal highway in August of 2015 when a massive sinkhole caused the collapse of a section of roadway.