Archive for the ‘Sinkholes’ Category

July 28, 2014

A small sinkhole that opened up inside of Deltona High School will likely keep students and teachers out of the band and chorus rooms during the first few weeks of school.
Officials say a school employee noticed the sinkhole in late June.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the school’s auditorium was initially threatened, but workers have determined the area is safe.

The school board has authorized the school district to use $400,000 to fix the problem.
So far workers have placed 24 of 41 pilings to shore up the music building. They plan to line the edges with concrete, then fill in the rest.

Published on Jul 19, 2014

A huge sinkhole has opened up behind my house. It used to be a small billabong that held a few large trees. I don’t know how deep this thing is, but there is no sign of any part of those trees.

Published on Jul 28, 2014

Published on Jul 26, 2014


Thirty families were evacuated from their homes Saturday following the discovery of a large sinkhole in a town in Cebu province.

The Cebu provincial government said the sinkhole in Sitio Dapdap in Barangay Langub, Kinatarkan Island of Sta. Fe town measured 40 by 40 feet.

“Residents have been evacuated to a safe area (300 to 500 meters away) within Bgy. Langub. So far, 30 families are affected and evacuated,” it said.

State-run Philippine Information Agency said the local government has erected a 200-meter perimeter fence around the sinkhole.

Published on Jul 25, 2014

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

Published on Jul 21, 2014

Linda Fisher says she spends most weekends playing in her driveway with her granddaughter. She went away last weekend and came home Sunday to find her driveway and part of her front yard swallowed by a massive sinkhole.

“It could have been us because I wasn’t planning to leave,” said Fisher.

Hernando County building officials deemed the house unsafe Monday. They gave Fisher until noon Tuesday to get everything out of her house. She just purchased the pool home on Eldridge Dr. in 2012.

“I planned to live here forever,” Fisher said as she packed.

Neighbors, family members, and strangers showed up at her home Tuesday morning to help after seeing her house on the news.

“Most of these people I’ve never met before,” said Fisher.

They helped wrap her dishes and bag all her clothes while crews worked outside to fill the sinkhole with dirt. Volunteer movers even showed up with boxes and trucks.

Fisher plans to spend the next few nights at a hotel while she looks for a rental home.

“It’s hard to comprehend. It’s really hard, but we’re alive and that’s what counts,” she said.

She showed News Channel 8 new cracks that suddenly appeared Tuesday in her garage, dining room, and kitchen. ..

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. …