The next morning we get up and Josh starts shoveling out this area. I am shocked to see what he has done as I walk outback. This hole is now about 3' around. And you can see what we saw in these two pictures here:So then we have a friend of ours come over to check this out. He helps Josh get it to about 4' across and call it a day. We cover it with boards for the night and now it brings us to Sunday (today) This is what it looked like after a few minutes of digging and sledgehammering the cement that was the "lid" of this cistern. The bars you see below were just there for support. We thought they were water pipes. but nope....just support bars.There was 3' of dirt on top of the cover and the cover apparently failed and hence the hole. Well, we were planning on redoing our driveway. So it got started TODAY! We needed the dirt to fill this damn hole. So we had a 10' deep by 7' across hole in our yard today. This is Zander & Josh sitting on the edge to show you the size of the hole. You can see our friend coming with the skid full of dirt to start filling it up.
And this is now how my driveway looks after this whole mess. We are going to put stone down for now. Can't afford concrete now since we had to get that old cistern filled in. When it rains it pours. So we will just have a stone drive for now and then in a year or so, we can save up to have concrete poured. Oh man...my crazy life.