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October 24, 2014

A sinkhole that opened up in the driveway between two houses on 58th Road in Maspeth forced at least a dozen residents from their homes and prompted Con Edison to cut power to part of the block on Friday.

The hole is in the walkway between 69-11 and 69-13 58 Road, located on the north side of a block between 69th Street and 69th Place, just south of the Long Island Expressway. Vacate orders were issued for both of those houses.

Danielle Maher and her husband have owned 69-11 for more than three years. SHe said said that her uncle had heard cracking sounds in the wall of the basement some time between 2:30 and 3 p.m.

“He called me outside to take a look and I same the hole,” she said. “I ran into the house to grab the baby and the dogs. I didn’t even make it out of the house when I heard it collapse, then I called my husband.” …



Sinkhole & Gas Leak on West Maspeth St.

September 13, 2012

The ground suddenly gave way below a parked tractor trailer along a West Maspeth street after a sinkhole form and a gas main leaked last Thursday afternoon, Sept. 6, it was reported.

Fire Department sources said the incident took place at around 3:30 p.m. in the vicinity of 50th Street and 54th Avenue.

Responding to the scene (in the order of their arrival) were members of Engine companies…


  • Adam Zubarev was driving his cement truck when the road collapsed 
  • The back of the truck sank into the hole shooting the cab into the air
  • Zubarev said he was driving quite quickly at the time when he heard a bump
  • It took two days to remove the stricken truck from the hole 



Published on Oct 23, 2014

22. listopada 2014.

Rupa se otvorila samo 30-ak metara od poveće poslovne zgrade blizu raskrižja Selske ulice i Zagrebačke avenije.

Tri metra široka i duboka oko dva metra rupa otvorila se u srijedu u na zagrebačkoj Knežiji, u Zadarskoj ulici. Građani su odmah pozvali policiju na intervenciju, piše 24 sata.

Rupa se otvorila samo 30-ak metara od poveće poslovne zgrade blizu raskrižja Selske ulice i Zagrebačke avenije.

Tratina na kojoj je tlo propalo u trenutku policijske intervencije uslijed kiše koja je padala tijekom noći i prijepodneva, bila je tako natopljena vodom da je praktično sva poplavila.

Translated by Google

The hole opened just 30 meters from the sizable office building near the intersection of Selska street and Zagreb Avenue.

Three meters wide and two meters deep around the hole opened on Wednesday at the Zagreb Knežiji, Zadar street. Citizens are immediately called the police to intervene, says 24 hours.

The hole opened just 30 meters from the sizable office building near the intersection of Selska street and Zagreb Avenue.

The lawn where the soil is ruined at the time of the police intervention due to rain that fell during the night and morning, she was so saturated with water that is practically all flooded.


Pomalo su naporne te slike na kojima je uvijek i redovito policijski automobil ili znak STOP-a. Stvarno, naporno.

Poštovani iz medija, poznato nam je da će narod biti blokiran od migracije. A, VI ne mislite o sebi da ste dio naroda…?

I, to da te rupe nastaju od nekih mističnih razloga poput “kiše koja je isprala tlo”, također spadaju u ladicu “naporno”.

Objasnite nadređenima da tržište potrebuje “nov proizvod”.


Oct. 21, 2014

A sinkhole has closed North Taft Street between Fifth and Sixth streets in West Frankfort. No vehicle or foot traffic is being permitted on that block.

Street commissioner Tara Fasol-Chambers said the sinkhole is one block north of one that developed in May, and she confirmed that both sinkholes are related.

The city has applied for a $200,000 grant to replace two blocks of tile on North Taft.

Fasol-Chambers said the grant application was made after engineers ran a camera underground in that area and found that the concrete tile used has been eroded by sewer gasses.

The hole is 12 to 18 inches wide in the roadway, however the commissioner said it is “extremely deep” underground.

Engineers were out at the site on Monday. Fasol-Chambers said they are checking to see if there is any way to get the grant to go through more quickly, but it will be at least a week before the city has more information.

“Regardless of how the project gets done, it will have to be done,” she said.

The city currently has no plans to dig out and temporarily fill the hole.

She said Taft Street will remain blocked for an undetermined amount of time.

“Thankfully, it happened on a road where there aren’t any entrances to houses,” Fasol-Chambers said. “So, we can keep it blocked and not really impede traffic that badly.”


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Oct 18, 2014

A Redhill road has been closed after a sinkhole opened up at around 2pm on Friday afternoon (October 17).

Fire services and police attended the scene, at Maple Road, and the area has been cordoned off and deemed ‘unsafe’.

The hole is just 50 metres from the nearest homes and around 250 metres from allotments.

Surrey Police stated they have passed the matter on to the Highways department at Surrey County Council, and Thames Water have said they have engineers on site to carry out repairs.

Maple Road, in South Earlswood, is closed between Woodhatch Road and the Horley Road.


October 13, 2014

Johannesburg – Detours, dust, threats, car crashes and a R25 million repair job. At the centre of it all is a very big hole in Merafong.

On a rainy night on February 21, a sinkhole appeared right next to the R500 main road between Carletonville and the N14 on the way to Rustenburg. It’s just south of where the R41 joins the R500.

The sinkhole is about 18m across and about 25m at the deepest point, and growing.

The road is being blocked off with concrete barriers, running a detour along gravel servitude roads through farmland, a temporary fix that has left tempers frayed.

The owners of the land with the sinkhole, who did not want to be identified, said that passing motorists had threatened to sue them for costs of fuel and vehicle repairs because of the detour. Commuters are fed up with the inconvenience and damage to vehicles, while residents are irritated by the dust, road damage and noise.

“The fear is that it’s going to be a long-term thing. There’s no time frame,” said DA councillor in Merafong City, Judy Rossouw, explaining that repairs hadn’t started as expected last month.

Last week there were renewed promises of action from the authorities.

Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters told Parliament, in reply to a question from DA MP Jacques Julius, that geotechnical engineers had been appointed to investigate.



Another sinkhole threat


Residents of Khutsong Extension 3 are facing another threat as a new sinkhole has appeared next to the school.

The Herald reported earlier this year that ground above a new sewage line across from the school started to subside, allegedly as a result of poor workmanship.

Soon afterwards, a sinkhole fell at one of the manholes, situated across from the school’s main gate.

Although both the Merafong municipality and the Gauteng Department of Education indicated in May that they would look into the problem, not much seemed to have been done when the Herald visited the site again last Thursday.

A businessman and environmentalist from the area, Mr Eric Stoch, told the Herald that he had recently seen another sinkhole develop across from the school.

When the Herald’s journalist visited the site, this new hole, situated directly across from the school’s main gate, was already bigger than the first one and seemed that it could cave in further at any time.

Not only had the barrier tape that the municipality put around the first hole been removed, but several children could be seen playing in the new hole, seemingly unaware of the danger that it posed to them. Although most of Hlanganani’s pupils and teachers were still in the schoolyard at the time of the Herald’s visit, no adult seemed to watch the sinkholes to warn the little ones of the danger.

The children did look as if they knew that they were not supposed to be playing in the sinkhole however as they started to get out of it when they say the Herald’s journalist approaching.

According to several experts to whom the Herald spoke during the past week, the hole looked unstable and the children were certainly risking their lives playing in it.


Oct 17, 2014

A middle-aged cyclist has been paralysed after falling into a sinkhole in a Waihi park – and his family say the accident could have been avoided.

David Keys spent hours stuck in the metre-deep sinkhole in Morgan Park Reserve after falling in at about 9pm on Thursday night while out for an evening bike ride.

The keen cyclist was discovered just after 4am by a Hauraki Council street cleaner, who alerted Emergency Services, St John ambulance spokesman Robbie Walker said.

Mr Keys, who was in a serious condition, is now in Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital in a stable condition in the intensive care unit, the hospital’s spokeswoman says.

But his brother Ian Keys told 3News he blames the council for the tragedy.

He says the sinkhole had been there for three weeks and the council could have done something before the accident that paralysed his brother from the neck down.

Hauraki Council’s chief executive Langley Cavers told NZ Newswire similar sized sink holes – otherwise known as tomos – open up in the area every few years.

But it was the first time he’d heard of someone being injured by a tomo, he said.

“This is a very rare occurrence. The probability of someone being caught in one of these tomos is very low.

Tomos are caused by water underneath the surface eroding the top soil, and Waihi is particularly susceptible to them as it has heavy rain fall and an erodible surface material, he says…


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October 16, 2014

ASHEVILLE – A sinkhole the size of a pickup truck opened up overnight Wednesday on a county-owned parking lot behind the former TK Tripps restaurant at College and South Charlotte streets.

Heavy rains Tuesday apparently opened up the crater, according to local developer Rusty Pulliam, who with a partner is building a retail/office complex on the site.

Workers about two months ago discovered a drainage pipe installed in 1922 on their property and the county lot, and they are working with the city to relocate it so it will drain to South Charlotte Street, Pulliam said.

Some sections of it are 40 feet deep, and some of it had collapsed,” he said.

The sinkhole appeared to be about 15 feet deep.

“Nobody really knew where the failure was, and whether it was on our side or their side,” Creighton said. “Nobody was dragging their feet on this. They thought (the failure) was on the property line. It’s in a parking lot, so obviously we couldn’t go out and be digging in a parking lot.” …


Oct 15, 2014

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Part of an Oceanside roadway could be closed for several days while crews work to repair a water main break that caused a sinkhole Thursday night.

The northbound lanes of South El Camino Real just south of Mesa Drive was closed at 7 p.m. Thursday after a 30-inch water pipe broke, causing a sinkhole that is about 20-feet long, 15-feet wide and 12-feet deep.

Northbound lanes are closed between Oceanside Boulevard and Mesa Drive. Southbound lanes are open.