Published: Jan 22, 2013 12:24 AM EST
Updated: Jan 22, 2013 1:17 PM EST

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- Crews repaired the pipe Monday night. Then they spent hours looking for a sturdy pipe to attach it to. Crews expect to have the hole filled in before the morning commute.

Wayne Christiano is the owner of Footnotes, "It has been happening most of the day, but most of our classes start at 5:30 p.m. so that's when we saw a lot of delays."

A Maintenance Supervisor for US Water said an old pipe cracked and opened up the ground around 10:30am at Homestead Road near Leeland Heights.

Christiano said, "Teachers were running in at the last minute to get to the students and students running in as well."

At Pizza Hut, the delivery drivers had a tough time navigating around the gaping hole delivering pizzas.

Morgan Reisinger works at Pizza Hut. He said, "Our drivers got backed up they had to find different ways around the area instead of their normal ways Homestead is one of our main roads that we travel down."

He said it forced them to tack on 20 minutes to each delivery.

"We had a couple of customers that complained, but for the most part we explained there was a problem with the road and nothing we could do about it and they were ok."

"Hopefully they will clear it up so we don't have to deal with it in the next few days," said Christiano.