Archive for the ‘Sinkholes’ Category

July 18, 2014

Workers with Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation and the Water and Sewer Department of Tuscaloosa work to find the cause of a sinkhole that occurred just East of McFarland Boulevard on the westbound lanes of Hargrove Road on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Jarrod Milligan, Linear Asset Manager with the Water and Sewer Department, said a cable duct busted and caused the ground underneath (CAUSED) the asphalt to collapse.

TDOT workers repaired the duct and refilled the void with gravel and will put new asphalt down on Monday morning.

July 20, 2014

A family remains out of its home after a sinkhole opened up in a Central Florida neighborhood.

The 120-foot wide and 30-foot deep sinkhole opened Saturday afternoon in Spring Hill.

Out of nowhere the earth just went straight up in the air and exploded up in the air,” said Margaret Helmick, who lives in the neighborhood.

Police evacuated four homes but later allowed residents to return to three of them. The area was closed off until further notice.

Engineers were called out to assess the damage and the sinkhole may later be filled with sand and cement.

Officials say sinkholes are a way of life in Florida, where there have been nearly 300 ground depressions since 2010.

Published on Jul 19, 2014

July 15, 2014

A set of twin homes in Fountain Hill were evacuated Monday after a sinkhole opened up in the 600 block of North Clewell Street.

Following heavy rainfall, the sinkhole swallowed a section of one home’s backyard and extended beneath the porches and along the foundations of both residences near North Clewell’s intersection with Long Street, not far from borough hall.

Assistant Chief David Boehrer, of the Fountain Hill Fire Department, said the sinkhole was spotted at about 6:25 p.m. and firefighters were called soon afterward to 605 and 607 N. Clewell St.

No one was hurt and both homes, which remain uninhabitable, were safely evacuated, he said today. The residents — an elderly couple and a single man — are staying with relatives who live in the area, he said.

“Danger” signs posted on the front doors of the residences warn people to keep off the property. Emergency crews used traffic barricades and yellow police tape to restrict access to the homes, as well as a section of Long Street between North Clewell Street and borough hall.

The utilites at both homes have been shut off, Boehrer said.

… firefighters suspect an old stormwater culvert beneath the homes may have collapsed…

Tonight’s rain could cause the sinkhole to grow and result in additional damage to the homes, Boehrer said. …

July 16, 2014

D.C. police closed a portion of Stanton Road SE Wednesday morning because of a sinkhole.

Authorities said the hole is near the 3000 block of the roadway. Police closed the road in both directions and said water and transportation officials have been notified.

Just last week, a sinkhole closed down a portion of 14th Street NW for days. The sinkhole even had a Twitter account where musings like “Gotta love all this fresh air,” were updated daily. Repairs to that sinkhole were finished Monday.

Update: D.C. Water says the sinkhole was caused by a water main break (is a consequence) which has left about 40 homes in the neighborhood without water…

July 15, 2014

Ever since a massive sinkhole occurred on Simms Street in south Jefferson County, traffic has shared the opposite side of the road. …

The 20 x 20-foot  sinkhole just south of Coal Mine Road was likely caused by the failure of a large drainage culvert under the roadway, … The full road closure will begin at 9 a.m.

So far, there is no estimated time of completion for the repairs.

July 15, 2014

The massive sinkhole (25 feet deep and 100 feet long) apparently opened up very quickly on Celosia Way in Madison, Florida at around 2:20 pm on July 14, 1:45 p.m. to visit family last Monday. …

9 July 2014

This car park in China collapsed into a pit after a sudden and heavy rainfall washed away the soil beneath.

The stricken building is next to a construction site in Chengdu, in south-west China’s Sichuan province.

Five cars dropped 30ft into a deep pit and another left hanging precariously over the edge after the incident, which took place earlier today. Several trees were also dragged in, but no casualties were reported. …

According to the Xinhua news agency, 40 people were gathered in the house at the time of the collapse. …

Published on Jul 12, 2014

July 13, 2014: Motorists experienced long delays with the closure of the Gold Coast Highway at Broadbeach after a burst water pipe created a 10 metre sink hole in the road.

Jul 11, 2014

The talk the past few days in the small town of Holstein has been about a 25-foot wide sinkhole.

It was first discovered Thursday morning on Powerline road, located southeast of Holstein near Sand Avenue. The road was closed until the hole could be repaired.

Recent rain is one of the reasons for the road collapse. The sinkhole is about 15 to 20 feet deep.

July 12, 2014

A sinkhole yawned open last week near the Mall in one of the city’s major traffic arteries, and by week’s end, despite diligent investigation and lots of digging, the cause of the impediment remained a mystery.

The hole, about two feet wide and four feet long, was reported Tuesday in the northbound lanes of 14th Street NW between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues. It was originally believed that a leak from a broken sewer pipe might have eroded soil under the street.

With part of the heavily used street closed, crews from the city’s water utility dug a trench four feet wide by 27 feet long to permit them to find and fix the suspected breach. But D.C. Water spokesman Emanuel D. Briggs said the workers found that there “is no water or sewer infrastructure located directly beneath the site of the sinkhole.”

Moreover, he said, the pipe that they did inspect was in “proper working condition.”

What did cause the collapse, he said, “is the million-dollar question.”

He said efforts to find the answer are still underway.

… As far as he knew, he said, there is no link between the current problem and a notorious sinkhole that occurred last year at 14th and F streets NW.