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August 13, 2018

Skeleton construction crew guards Calgary sinkhole


A Calgary family is having some early Halloween fun with a sizeable sinkhole that was discovered outside their northwest Calgary home last Friday.

Jordan Piraux said she and her family were enjoying a quiet evening last Friday when they heard sirens right outside their Evanston home.

When they walked outside they were shocked to see a massive sinkhole had appeared at the end of their driveway.

“We didn’t know how it started or when it happened,” she said. “It’s actually five feet wide by almost five feet deep.”

But, the Piraux family — known for their over-the-top Halloween decorations — aren’t ones to dwell on the negative, and had a more humorous response in mind. 

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The family set up a skeleton crew of three in and around the sinkhole’s barriers and dressed them as construction workers — with hard hats and work vests.

“We set this guy up, having him leaning on this sort of sweeping up the mess, and then we have our guy over there who’s kinda stopping traffic — we have his hand out — and then we have the one in the hole, which we thought was kind of funny,” she said. 

The family said they didn’t notice the ground sinking or anything leading up 

Tim Piraux said he posted a photo of their bony friends to his Instagram page called Extreme Coffee Freak as a joke, tagging the city and Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

“It started off with one skeleton saying we’ve been waiting so long that we’ve got things crawling out of the hole now,” he said. “And then we took it a little farther saying now the city is killing their men, working them to death now as we’re still waiting for the hole to be fixed.”

The Pirauxs said they’ve been having fun with the situation and so have their neighbours. 

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