Crews from the City of Hillsboro responded to this North High Street shopping center after a culvert pipe was washed out of a ditch, causing a large sinkhole. (HCP Photos/Caitlin Forsha)
Crews from the City of Hillsboro responded to this North High Street shopping center after a culvert pipe was washed out of a ditch, causing a large sinkhole. (HCP Photos/Caitlin Forsha)
Crews from the City of Hillsboro responded to a North High Street shopping center late Friday night and early Saturday morning, after a culvert pipe was washed out of a ditch, causing a large sinkhole.

Hillsboro public works superintendent Shawn Adkins said that a 72-inch culvert pipe from the Hillsboro Plaza shopping center parking lot collapsed and came out of the ditch. Due to the heavy rain from the storms that started Friday evening, water began running over North High Street.

“We were concerned about it taking out 62, or North High Street, so we took the pipe out that collapsed,” Adkins said.

Crews left the scene around 3 a.m., Adkins said. No injuries were reported.

The entrance directly in front of the former Gordman’s location is closed, pending repairs by the shopping center.

The National Weather Service is currently doing a survey of the storms from Friday and Saturday, with preliminary reports including trees and downed power lines in Belfast, along with 70 mph winds in Wilmington causing damage. A porch in Fayetteville also reportedly collapsed due to the strong winds, according to a preliminary NWS report.

“A significant amount of straight-line wind damage occurred during this event, particularly in parts of southwestern and southern Ohio, southeast Indiana and northern Kentucky,” the National Weather Service posted Saturday.