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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.



15 Oct 2014

This is the scene when a car plunged into a sinkhole after the driver went through what he thought was a giant puddle.

The grey Vauxhall Corsa was trapped in Walton-on-Thames after coming a cropper just after 5pm on Tuesday.

According to witnesses, the male driver was motoring along Ashley Road and was slowly going through a puddle when his car plunged down it.

Local Ashley Spence, 31, said: “All I could think was ‘I’m glad that wasn’t me’ - the road just opened up and the car’s left wheel just went right in.

“Luckily the driver could get out alright, but it must have been a hell of a shock.”

The road was closed after the incident, which caused a massive traffic jam in the area.

Police and council roadworkers were called to the scene and the car was towed out of the hole just after 6pm – with roadworkers working to fill in and patch it up.


Oct 14, 2014

A sinkhole shut down a section of eastbound Silas Creek Parkway Tuesday morning.

The shutdown is between Hanes Mall Boulevard and Bolton Street. The sinkhole is in the center lane.

Winston-Salem police said around 10:45 a.m. that there had been a water main break.

Crews are at the scene trying to fix the sinkhole.

A backhoe was seen digging some 3-4 feet deep.


Oct. 14, 2014

Some neighbors are frustrated over a huge sinkhole near a busy sidewalk in DeKalb County.
Residents said it’s a danger to the children in the area. They said their calls to the county for help went nowhere, so they called Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Aaron Diamant.
Anthony Boyd called Channel 2 about the giant, growing sinkhole just a couple feet from the busy sidewalk along Hambrick Road.
“I was thinking about I might fall in there,” Boyd said.
It was a real concern since Boyd is legally blind. The 12-foot-by-5-foot sinkhole, was only inches from the side of the road and looked to be 10-15 feet deep.  Boyd said he’s called the county several times over the last few months to get it filled without any luck.
“She said that she was going to call me back, because she took my number, and I hadn’t heard from nobody,” Boyd said.
Boyd’s 80-year-old mother was equally frustrated.
“At least if they can’t fix it right away, to put a barricade around it, so the children won’t fall in there, as well as my son,” said Boyd’s mother, Jennette Boyd-Moore.
After a call from Diamant, Public Works crews showed up to assess the sinkhole inside and out. They then installed an orange fence around the hole. 


October 13, 2014

A 50-metre stretch of Jalan Cheras (Kajang-bound) located near the Maluri LRT station has been closed

The closure which affects the fast and middle lanes along the stretch was implemented to rectify a minor sinkhole that occurred in relation to the ongoing MRT project.

MGKT said in a statement that the occurrence of the sinkhole was an expected risk in karstic limestone geology, adding that all measures had been put in place to prevent such incidents from happening and to manage them when they occurred.

MGKT also apologised for the inconvenience caused, saying that traffic flow was smooth at the moment. The affected lanes are expected to be open by 5pm today.

The MRT Project emergency response team is on site to help direct traffic.

For more information the public can visit the MRT website at or, Twitter @MRTMalaysia or @MRTUnderground, Facebook @MRTMalaysia or @MRTUnderground or call the MRT Hotline at 1-800-82-6868. – October 13, 2014.



Landslide triggers panic buying in Keningau

A landslide and a collapsed road in Tambunan triggered panic buying among motorists in Sabah’s interior where many rushed to the nearest petrol kiosk to refuel their vehicles.

Describing such scenes as “normal”, pensioner Litty Jomboh Anthony, from Kampung Bulu Silou in Keningau, told The Rakyat Post that every time the road heading towards Tambunan became inaccessible there was bound to be shortages of fuel and food stuff.

“So whenever we hear of a landslide or inaccessible road in this part of the state, we automatically head towards the petrol kiosk and stock up our ration supplies.” …

“I believe the non-stop rain caused a landslip and a road collapse stretching about 20 metres long and 15 metres wide, making the route inaccessible to motorists,” he said, adding that the road connects the state capital and the interior part of Sabah, from Tambunan, some 80 kilometres from here, to Keningau and Tenom onwards. …