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SINKHOLE GALORE (Part 7/2011)

SERIOUSLY!….these sinkholes have gone from one a month, to once a week and now it’s one a day or MORE! I will appropriately begin with July 2011 in this #7 addendum to the series.

July 20, 2011-Sinkhole opens under woman’s bed!-A woman in Guatemala City reports that a sinkhole, 40 feet deep and almost 3 feet across, opened under her bed Monday.

“When we heard the loud boom we thought a gas canister from a neighboring home had exploded, or there had been a crash on the street,” Inocenta Hernandez, 65, said in an Agence France-Presse report.

“We rushed out to look and saw nothing. A gentleman told me that the noise came from my house, and we searched until we found it under my bed,” AFP quotes Hernandez as saying.

Updated: Jul 19, 2011 4:43 PM

CHINATOWN (HawaiiNewsNow) – A sinkhole was discovered in Chinatown Tuesday morning after Honolulu Fire Department and Gas Company crews rushed to the scene of a possible gas leak. It happened at about 7 a.m. on Maunakea Street. When crews arrived to the scene, they did not detect any gas emission. However, they did discover a sinkhole hole containing debris next to the curb about a foot in diameter and 18 inches in depth. HFD evacuated staff from the restaurant adjacent to the hole as a precautionary measure. Honolulu police blocked off part of Maunakea Street while they investigated. Gas Company crews remained on the scene and waited for the restaurant to turn on their gas stoves to check for an internal leak. No injuries were reported. Copyright 2011 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

July 2011-Florida is the highest rate of sinkholes according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Shown here is a 20-foot-wide Florida sinkhole swallowed a car that is still growing. In extreme cases, a sinkhole can grow 40 to 60 feet deep and wide in a matter of hours.

July 14, 2011- A teenage girl is dead and two people injured after a road collapsed, leaving a 40-foot wide gap in an eastern Utah highway. The Utah Highway Patrol says heavy rainfall opened the hole more than 30 feet deep along State Highway 35 late Wednesday. It happened near Tabiona, a town about 80 miles east of Salt Lake City.

July 14, 2011-A giant sinkhole has caused the California Highway Patrol to close one lane of southbound Highway 87 near West Virginia Street in San Jose.The sinkhole measures about 30 by 30 feet. (Source: Mercury News)

July 14, 2011- Residents of a South St. Louis County in Missouri neighborhood are concerned about a huge sinkhole in their street. As the days went by, the hole got bigger and repairs have yet to be made.

July 13, 2011- A 4-foot wide sinkhole in the roadway has forced emergency crews to close Weld County Road 20 1/2 between county roads 7 and 1 in Longmont, Colorado.

July 12, 2011- A small sinkhole in Lenoir, North Carolina was much bigger than officials thought. When work crews began digging on Monday they found that hole that was just a foot wide at the surface of the pavement, was more than twelve feet wide under the pavement.

July 12, 2011- Traffic is being re-routed on a residential street near Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale in Florida after part of it collapsed in a sinkhole. (Source: CBS News)

July 13, 2011-Santa Maria, Mexico-A fracture of huge land disappeared in Huejoculco Chaco, Estado de Mexico, reaching 1 km in length and authorities have not adopted measures of prevention. In addition, after the investigation it was found that close to Santa Maria Huejoculco crack another of about four kilometers reaches Tlapalan La Candelaria, in Miraflores, in Chalco. These fractures are part of a family of cracks in the region and threaten to spread across the Valley of Mexico.

July 7, 2011-An early morning water main break seriously impacted the early morning commute for Calgarians on Thursday and caused a massive sinkhole to open up on McKnight Blvd. The sinkhole appear in the two westbound lanes of McKnight Blvd. and 2 St. NW at around 6 a.m. and shut down traffic to only one lane. City crews are on site repairing the broken main and expect the repairs to be finished on Saturday, July 9. The roadway should reopen on Sunday. The City wants to remind drivers to use caution when in any construction zone and thanks them for their patience in dealing with this problem.

July 5, 2011-The gate to the boat ramp just off of U.S. 123 at the South Carolina state line is locked and the sign states the area is closed due to a sinkhole discovered over the 4th of July weekend and had developed on an access road leading into the recreation area, which created a public safety hazard for anybody to be driving on that road.

July 5, 2011- The intersection of Hamilton-Mason Road and Morris Road in Fairfield Township in Ohio.

July 3, 2011- Mariettew, Georgia-Faye McBee, a grandmother of three who lives in a cozy one-story house at the corner of Wright and Henderson streets, received an alarming message in April from the man who cuts her grass. “He said, ‘there’s a hole under the driveway,’” said McBee, who lives with her Pomeranian, Libby. “I got down and started looking under the driveway on my belly, lying on it, and it was a cavern under there,” she said. The earth beneath her concrete driveway was gone. “It’s a wonder it didn’t collapse,” she said. “It was just concrete and air.” McBee called the city, which sent a crew to remove the suspended portion of concrete and filled the crevice with gravel. Workers discovered that a four-foot square storm drainage pipe runs 11 feet under her driveway and the house next door before heading under Wright Street and dumping it in the creek across the street. Portions of the culvert had collapsed, said Dan Conn, the city’s public works director. Conn said the culvert would have been installed after her house was built, which McBee said was around the time of WWII. “It couldn’t take the water flow and pressure from all these businesses,” McBee said, pointing to the 150-bedroom Henderson Arms senior housing high-rise building located behind her. “When they put that (culvert) in, there might have been five houses on this street and vacant land. Nothing else was here. It was pecan groves. And then they built all this stuff … There’s just too much water coming into this for this old thing to hold.” A spring storm washed all the gravel down the pipe and into the creek, she said. So McBee called the city again, and the city again came out and filled the crevice with gravel again, in addition to offering to repair the culvert on two conditions: The first is that both McBee and her neighbor, Brenna Bentley Bitler, a Mount Paran Christian School counselor, had to sign an agreement not to hold the city liable if the repairs didn’t work. The second condition was that they had to pay the city $2,896. McBee objected. “I don’t think it’s mine,” she said. “It’s not my responsibility. It’s an old, decrepit 100-year-old culvert that somebody should have known was under there.” A second thunderstorm then washed out the second batch of gravel. With each rain, the hole gets worse, she said. “All the neighbors are saying, “‘Oh God, you’re going to clog up the creek. You’re going to flood the whole neighborhood down here,’ so I told Mr. Conn ‘don’t put any more gravel in the hole,’” she said. Brenna Bitler’s husband, Brian, said he and his wife have moved to his house in Fulton County to escape. “Every time it starts raining, I really start sweating,” he said. “At some point the foundation of the house is going to give way.” Now that the crevice has gotten worse, the city wants $13,424 to repair the pipe, Conn said. Bitler wants to accept the deal. McBee doesn’t. “I don’t think it’s right that we should have to pay a dime, and I don’t think it’s right that we should have to sign this piece of paper,” McBee said. “But on the other hand, I don’t want these kids (Brian and Brenna Bitler) … to have to suffer.” Councilman Johnny Sinclair, who represents the area, said she needs to sign the indemnity agreement and wouldn’t support an agreement between her and the city if she didn’t. “Even if we fixed it, we can’t take ownership of the pipe or the problem,” Sinclair said. “The city didn’t build the pipe, nor did we build the houses, but we want to do everything we can to help the homeowners, because eventually if the problem spins out of control it will threaten the public infrastructure.” City Councilman Philip Goldstein said he is also opposed to the city fixing the culvert if McBee doesn’t sign the waiver. “What she wants the city to do is fund and guarantee that her problem is going to be taken care of, and it’s not the city taxpayers’ responsibility,” Goldstein said. McBee, who has multiple sclerosis, said she can’t take much more. “I just can’t do it anymore,” she said. “I’m thinking about saying, ‘OK, just put a lien on my house,’ because I have no money. I don’t have $3,000. I don’t have 3,000 cents.”

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