What now for Sunrise Beach sinkhole?
RECENT downpours have been a welcome sight for many Sunshine Coasters, but the deluge has proven a nightmare for some Noosa residents.
The heavy rain has lead to a burst water main underneath Tingira Cres in Sunrise Beach.
The damaged pipe caused further erosion and damage to the road leaving a five-metre-wide sinkhole and a monumental headache for Noosa Council.
Director of Infrastructure Services for Noosa Council Carl Billingham confirmed works have commenced to repair the damaged coastal road.
"A geotechnical engineer was engaged to inspect the road and prepare a plan for reconstruction," he said.
Council was expecting a report from the engineer on Monday January 20.
In the meantime staff at Noosa Council have commenced work preparing the site for a specialist contractor to install ground anchors to stabilise the embankment in front of a block of units.
The ground anchor work will commence on Tuesday, January 21.
Once that is completed Unity Water will repair their infrastructure and then council will commence reconstructing the road.
Mr Bellingham thanked residents for their patience and advised everyone in the affected area to take care during the repair process.
"The road will be closed for at least a week and we request that people to stay away from the area," he said.
Council could not give an estimate of the repair costs at this stage.