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SINKHOLES GALORE PT8(July/2011-August/2011)

Friday, August 19, 2011

A researcher from the University of Alberta died Thursday when her all-terrain vehicle plunged into a sinkhole on a remote forestry road 60 kilometres southwest of Manning, Alta.

Suzanne Elizabeth Abele, 27, died at the scene. RCMP said she was leading a group of four undergraduate students when she drove into the sinkhole, which was three metres deep and five metres wide.

August 19, 2011-Detriot

Amber Flemings said it only took an instant for panic mode to set in when she realized the SUV she, her mother and her 2-year-old niece were in was being swallowed by a giant sinkhole on Detroit’s east side. Flemings, her 62-year-old mother and 2-year-old niece were on their way home from a dentist appointment on Thursday afternoon when they cautiously began approaching a pool of water along Beaubien and Smith streets.” The next thing we know, the car just pitched forward and it just started sinking.  Water started coming in and the baby just started freaking out,” Flemings said.  People nearby pulled the trio to safety. Flemings said she’s grateful the situation was only an inconvenience and nothing more serious.  She starts her third year of college this week and has been left without some of her things that were in the SUV. “I’m actually in the process of moving back into the dorms. So, some of my stuff was in the trunk. So, now we have to deal with the stuff that we lost,” she said. “We also have to deal with the fact that now I don’t have any transportation to get me to school. Not to mention my mom, who is handicapped, she doesn’t have any transportation.”  Hubert Watkins, who lives nearby, said he saw the sinkhole begin to take form earlier in the day. “I have seen it sink before. Just a couple years ago it sank,” Watkins said. “I have been watching it for a couple of days — sinking. I called in early this morning about it sinking.” A construction crew contained the hole and drained it dry. The hole is at least 10 feet deep and 25 feet wide. “We’re going to get the water shut down, dig down to the barrel and replace the two 12-inch storm lines that broke,” said Greg Hoffman, of Blaze Contracting. “Just a while ago after the rain, she drove right in there and it fell in on her,” Watkins said about the driver of the vehicle.
Thu, 18 Aug 2011 08:40 Bakersfield, California-Photos from an oil field near Taft give a first look at the area where a sinkhole opened up, killing a Chevron worker. State officials have banned steam injection at problem areas near two wells, and they say more steam and fluids are reaching the surface. Eyewitness News obtained photos from the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. The images from DOGGR show a hilly area of the large Midway Sunset Field. It’s the place where Robert David Taylor, 54, was killed June 21 when he fell into a sinkhole. The photos show what looks like steam coming from the side of a hill, and a large darkened area. That indicates the area affected by eruptions of water, steam, rocks and mud, DOGGR spokesman Don Drysdale explained by e-mail. Three photos are from the Chevron lease near Well 20. That’s where a “surface expression” had shown up, and that’s what state investigators are worried about. According to DOGGR documents obtained by Eyewitness News, surface expressions have continued to turn up in this area, and they continued to develop.
Thu, 18 Aug 2011 00:00 Ontario, Canada-Just in time for the Thursday evening commute, a sink hole on Bronson Avenue near Sunnyside Avenue narrowed the busy southbound artery to just one lane while city crews started repairs. The sink hole was between Bronson Avenue and Brewer Way. There was no estimated repair time. Power failures and downed wires were reported earlier Thursday afternoon as a small but strong storm cell made its way from west to east across Ottawa. Environment Canada’s website listed a severe thunderstorm watch for the Ottawa region as of 1:32 p.m., with the possibility of large hail and damaging winds. The small, intense storm was already making its way through Nepean at the time.
Thu, 18 Aug 2011 04:53 Washington-WSSC crews finished repairing a 30-inch water main break in Upper Marlboro, Md., that created a massive sinkhole in the 6900 block of South Osbourne Way between Brentwood Road and Carroll Way. Crews are still working on the roadway, the Associated Press reported. The pipe broke about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Some residents experienced low water pressure. WSSC ‘s emergency outreach group delivered water to affected households. Workers pumped water out of the hole to work on the pipe. The sinkhole measured 6 feet deep and 15 feet wide, the AP reported. A car had to be towed from the scene after falling in the hole. No word on how the break occurred or how many residents were affected.
Wed, 17 Aug 2011 04:41 New York-People are stopping, staring and taking pictures of a massive sinkhole that opened in the middle of 82nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, but frustrated residents are asking what city officials intend to do to prevent future collapses. “It’s a recurring thing that happens every year,” resident Kirk Williamson told CBS 2′s Elise Finch. Williamson’s window faces the hole that he says he first noticed on Friday. Since then, it has extended to 10 feet in circumference and 20 feet deep. Just a few yards away is what’s left of smaller sinkhole that formed last year and the hole left from a water main break just two weeks ago. “There’s a lot of work going on in here and it’s taxpayer-paid for. If they don’t really find a solution it will keep happening,” Williamson said.  “There’s been no one here investigating it. So that’s a little bit troubling. This is a very family-oriented block,” said resident Rochelle Hestnas.
Sat, 13 Aug 2011 00:00 British Colombia, Canada-The City of Vancouver says it has no explanation for a large hole which developed early Friday at the busy intersection of Seymour and Robson Streets. “We don’t know what caused it,” said city spokeswoma Wendy Stewart. “The ground was dry. There was no water and no suggestion it was from a broken pipe.” She said dry, summer weather is not the type of conditions in which sinkholes usually form. “Sometimes dirt will erode and a pothole will be created,” she said. “Sinkholes are more common when winter turns to spring and water comes down from the hills.”

Sat, 13 Aug 2011 09:26 New York-Utica resident Ralph Stevens wrote to Public Eye regarding a large sinkhole on Elm Street near his home. “I keep watching this thing grow bigger and bigger,” Stevens said. The details The hole, near 1114 Elm St., was between 1- and 1½-feet deep and several inches wide. Trash collected in it and it looked as though the asphalt was crumbling. Stevens said he noticed the hole about five weeks ago.

(Aug 12) This huge sinkhole near the entrance to Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot, North Dakota, opened early Friday afternoon and nearly swallowed a large trailer carrying flood debris. The hole is 15 to 20 feet long, 8 to 10 feet wide and at least 8 feet deep.

(Aug 11) The sinkhole on Zengwu Road near Meidi Yadeng Neighborhood in Xiamen, China, is at least 2 metres deep and 1 metre in diameter.

(Aug 11) Sinkhole closes road in Montoursville in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

(Aug 11) A large sinkhole opens up right beneath the I-90 connector tunnel near Logan Airport. Transportation officials say the hole does not pose any immediate danger to drivers because it’s nine feet beneath the surface. A massive “sinkhole” at least 4 feet deep and up to 190 feet long has created a “void” under the Interstate 90 connector tunnel in the problem-plagued Big Dig, adding to a growing list of engineering failures that include a deadly ceiling collapse, dangerously unstable light fixtures and lethal railings, state transportation officials revealed yesterday. Transportation officials insist there is no risk of a new catastrophic collapse in the tunnel – the same one where Milena Del Valle was killed by a 3-ton slab of concrete five years ago – but some critics said they aren’t convinced. “You hear this and think, ‘What’s coming next?’ ” asked Rep. Peter Durant (R-Spencer), a Transportation Committee member calling for a probe of the latest Big Dig fiasco. “This is just another in a long line of problems for this project.” The gap 9 feet under the tunnel’s roadway, filled with water and resembling a subterranean pond, was caused by an unexpected degree of settling of the clay soil around the tunnel as a result of a pioneering technique called “ground freezing” while contractors dug under the train tracks serving South Station.

(Aug 10) A large sinkhole was discovered on Wednesday afternoon at 370 Reed Road in Broomall in Philadephia, Pennsylvannia.

(Aug 10) Watch video HERE. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:32 Naples, Italy-One dead and two wounded, is the budget of the incident last night in Casalnuovo, near Naples, where a truck for the collection of municipal solid waste ended up in a sinkhole opened up along the roadway. The event happened around one o’clock on a Strettola. As reconstructed by the police so far, the road has had a sudden collapse to the passage of trucks. The vehicle ended up in the abyss: the violence of the momentum killed the driver, a 42-year old of Marietta (Naples), instantly. The other two employees who were on board were injured, one was admitted to the hospital of St. John Bosco Naples with prognosis, the other was treated for injuries heal within 7 days. The truck is owned by a company of Airola (Benevento), which makes the collection of municipal waste in the area. Knowing the local police investigating the Lieutenancy and the Core Operating Castello di Cisterna.

(Aug 9) Excessive rain causes widespread sinkholes in Palmyra, Pennsylvannia. Watch video HERE. Excessive rain has caused a sinkhole mess in Palmyra, Lebanon County. Residents said on Tuesday, you live with the risk of sinkholes living in Palmyra, “I’m not nervous,” said Sandy Forker. Forker added, “Who knows – my house may go in.” But after last weekends, heavy rains, residents said they haven’t seen so many sinkholes sprout up all at once. Cherry and Duke Streets, the Rite Aid Parking lot, and Franklin Street were some areas where sinkholes formed over the weekend. One of the worst areas however was between Kevin Collins’ home on North Grant Street.
Thu, 04 Aug 2011 00:00 Alabama-A sinkhole on Ingram Road off U.S. 31 stranded a man Thursday, trapping his SUV on the road. According to a county official, the road will be closed through the weekend.
Emergency crews said a towing company was able to pull the vehicle from the sinkhole just before 11 a.m. Thursday morning. Matthew Keil told WAFF 48 he was driving home from work when he saw what looked like a pothole in the road. When he tried to drive over it, the road buckled underneath him. Keil said he was afraid the SUV might fall if he tried to exit it. Both he and the SUV are fine.

Mon, 08 Aug 2011 00:00 Missouri-A section of Prospect Avenue was closed Monday for about six hours in Kansas City, Mo., due to a large sinkhole. The sinkhole was reported before 2:30 p.m. Officials closed Prospect from 67th Street to 67th Terrace. By 8:30 p.m., the roadway was reopened to traffic. Colleen Doctorian with Water Department said an 8-inch main caused the break. Approximately 25 customers were affected by the water main break.

(Aug 6) A sinkhole developed in the middle of 6th Ave. N.E.in Saskatchewan, Canada.

(Aug 4) A sinkhole on Ingram Road off U.S. 31 in Limestone County, Alabama, stranded a man Thursday, trapping his SUV on the road.

(Aug 4) A sinkhole that has opened on a residential street in east Vancouver. It was measured about 18 inches in diameter, but underneath was about 6 feet around and about 8 feet deep.

(Aug 4) The authorities in Chile were unable to explain the causes of the fissure in the ground measuring about 200 meters, located in a vacant lot of 1.700m2 Tucapel dividing populations VII and Villa Primavera, road frontage Ignacio Vergara (Spring) and William Source (Tucapel VII).

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 Washington-The Clark County Public Works department is working to repair a sinkhole that has opened on a residential street in east Vancouver. Department spokesman Jeff Mize said crews hoped to have the hole filled later Thursday night. “This is the type of thing we try to get on right away,” Mize said. The sinkhole was reported at Northeast 165th Avenue and 80th Street, caused by a collapsed drainage pipe under the street, Mize said. The opening in the street measured about 18 inches in diameter, but the sinkhole underneath was about 6 feet around and about 8 feet deep. Public works crews will likely fill the hole with packed gravel at first, Mize said, then return next week to repair the pipe.

(Aug 3) A large crack in the earth near Highway 191 and Van Ness Road in Arizona, are of great concern to area residents.
Wed, 03 Aug 2011 06:47 Ellsworth, Maine-The Maine Department of Transportation is going to use an underground camera to help determine what caused an 8-foot by 10-foot sinkhole to form in a U.S. Route 1 intersection in Ellsworth before making a permanent fix. Department of Transportation crews filled the hole with gravel early Tuesday after the hole formed following a Monday night storm. Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Latti says an old, underground drainage system was undermined during the storm. The hole was filled with 10 yards of gravel. Latti tells the Bangor Daily News officials will make a more permanent repair, but they want to diagnose the problem properly first. So they’re going to use an underground camera to investigate the drainage system.
Source: The Associated Press

(Aug 2) A sinkhole measuring 8 to 10 feet deep and 4 to 6 feet wide opened near the intersection of Routes 1 and 3, State Street and Water Street in downtown Ellsworth, Maine,after heavy rains undermined the aging drainage system.
Tue, 02 Aug 2011 05:29 Montreal, Canada-Traffic was rerouted in east-end Montreal Tuesday, after a 4.5-metre wide pothole opened up on Ontario Street. The pothole, at the corner of Plessis Street, is at least 1.5 metres deep. The city says the ground gave away beneath the asphalt, causing the hole to appear. Traffic will be detoured away from the intersection until at least Wednesday.
Tue, 02 Aug 2011 12:18 St. Claire, Cleveland-It’s been more than a month since St. Clair Avenue developed a crack down the middle of the street on the southern boundary of the Medical Mart/Convention Center project. The crack runs from Ontario to East 6th Street. The pavement is filled in but the cause remains a mystery. Was it caused by brittle pavement, a one-time geological hiccup, or something else? Identifying the cause is necessary to remove any concerns about present or future impact on the $465 million taxpayer-funded project Attorney Jeff Appelbaum is Cuyahoga County’s counsel and MMPI’s representative for the project. He says a lot of brainpower and technology have been thrown into action trying to learn what caused the crack and whether it’s an issue that could repeat itself. Appelbaum says tiltmeters, inclinometers, ground-penetrating radar and core borings have all been used to gather data. Some tests had to be repeated. All the data was to be collected last week with experts analyzing it this week.
Thu, 28 Jul 2011 05:37 Minnesota-If you doubt the power of water, try taking a drive down County Road 11 in Burnsville. Just be ready to slam on the brakes… hard. An apparent water main break has triggered a massive sinkhole across the southbound lanes of County 11 between McAndrews and Palomino Drive. The sinkhole is more than 30 feet deep and at least 30 feet across. Crews worked through the night on the problem and hope to have the road open sometime on Thursday or Friday.
Thu, 28 Jul 2011 00:00 Indiana-The runways at the Monroe County Airport appear to be in no immediate danger after sinkholes were discovered in May.

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 08:27 Carman, Manitoba Canada-No injuries reported as street closed. This was more than just a regular pothole. Town of Carman work crews were called out to 2nd Ave SE near the corner of First Street SE after receiving a call about a large sinkhole approximately six feet by five feet and about five feet deep, on the street. Sonja Morrison, who lives near the site with her family, said they heard a “thump” and then a second louder one when they went outside their home to take a look at around 5:15 p.m. on Monday (July 25).

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 08:17 Pensicola, Fla-Sinkholes spawned by erosion raising calls for city action. For seven years, Leanne Pickering has watched as erosion and sinkholes expanded in the backyard of her Pensacola home, and she now wonders when they will overtake her swimming pool. They are getting close; a 5-foot-deep sinkhole currently is within 6 feet of her pool’s enclosure. In 2002, Pickering built her home in a Creek Side Circle neighborhood near Airport Boulevard and Davis Highway that backs up to Carpenter’s Creek. Before long, she noticed her backyard was steadily falling into the creek. She found soft spots in the grass. Sinkholes began to form. Every year for the last five years, she has paid to have a truckload of dirt dumped into the largest hole. The hole continues to grow.
Tue, 26 Jul 2011 08:07 Palatine, Illinois-It could take up to two weeks before crews completely repair a 15-by-20-foot sinkhole that opened up Saturday afternoon at Dundee and Hicks road in Palatine. The good news, however, is that the Illinois Department of Transportation agreed to a request from village officials to resume southbound traffic on Hicks, which had been restricted most of Monday, Village Manage Reid Ottesen said. “Traffic will begin flowing a lot better, but it’s still an area to avoid if at all possible,” Ottesen said. The sinkhole formed at the northwest corner of the intersection after the heavy rainfall caused a sewer line to collapse about 30 feet below the surface. Readings showed 5.43 inches of rain fell on Palatine between midnight Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, exceeding 100-year event standards, Ottesen said.
Mon, 25 Jul 2011 08:04 Florida’s largest insurer of homes and businesses, state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp., will ask its board to approve a staggering rate increase for providing coverage on sinkhole policies, a company spokeswoman said Monday. The company will ask its board Wednesday for an increase on average of more than 400 percent to purchase sinkhole coverage. In 2010, Citizens received about $32 million in premiums for sinkhole coverage with ultimate losses and loss-related expenses estimated to total $245 million. In areas where sinkhole claims have been particularly high, premium increases could be multiplied 20 times or more under the proposal. Since the last major hurricane hit Florida in 2005, sinkhole claims have skyrocketed, totaling nearly $2 billion in the last four years. Most of the claims have come from Hernando, Hillsborough and Pasco counties, part of the Tampa Bay area.
Sun, 24 Jul 2011 Illinois-A 20-foot sinkhole has appeared under Hicks Road near Dundee Avenue. Residents are encouraged to avoid the intersection if possible. A 20-foot sinkhole has opened along and under Hicks Road near Dundee Road, Palatine police said. The sinkhole forced the closure of all northbound lanes on Hicks. Traffic has been shifted to the southbound lanes, reducing Hicks to one lane of traffic in each direction, Palatine Fire Department Battalion Chief William Gabrenya said. Gabrenya said the sinkhole opened because of a sewer line collapsed beneath the street following the Saturday, July 23 rain that caused flooding throughout Palatine. Motorists are advised to avoid the Hicks and Dundee intersection if at all possible.
Sat, 23 Jul 2011 03:32 Lousiana-An open joint in a sewer pipe is to blame for the formation of a huge sinkhole in Jefferson Parish. The opening in the ground formed on Friday, when the dirt beneath the asphalt shifted and left a void beneath the surface of the street near the intersection of Clearview Parkway and West Napoleon. Crews spent the afternoon filling in the giant hole and traffic was expected to return to normal by Friday evening.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 11:43 Tennessee-A crew is working to ensure that water continues to flow in a Sevier County creek where a sinkhole opened, draining a three-mile section of the stream.  The plan is to plug the holes that first formed last year in Middle Creek under the Collier Drive bridge. The bridge had to be stabilized and now work is under way to ensure the stream continues to flow above ground. A dam was built and pumps are channeling the water through temporary pipes along the bank while the holes are filled and a concrete sluice is built over them. Rain on Wednesday raised the water level in the stream and forced a temporary halt to the work, according to The Mountain Press.
Source: The Associated Press

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:42 Yellowknife, Canada-Federal officials in Yellowknife are worried that a growing sinkhole at the former Giant Mine could result in water seeping into the site’s underground arsenic chambers. The sinkhole first appeared in May and is currently six square metres in size. It is located between Baker Creek and an open pit that is connected to the underground section of the mine. As well, the depression is close to four underground chambers in which thousands of tonnes of arsenic trioxide – a toxic byproduct of gold production – are being stored. Officials with the federal Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development are concerned the sinkhole could make it easier for water from Baker Creek to seep into the arsenic chambers, should the creek flood again next spring.

Sat, 23 Jul 2011 12:13 Iowa-Officials say a large sinkhole in Council Bluffs started as a dip in the road and just kept growing. South 26th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues is now barricaded because of a giant sinkhole in the street caused by high water tables, a city spokesman said. Cost to repair the sinkhole, which had grown to 50 feet long by 50 feet wide by late Friday, is $216,000, said Don Gross. When water levels get higher than normal, underground pipes become surrounded by water, he said. If there are cracks or openings in the pipe, the water and soil material flowing in it will eventually create a “cavity” in the pipe and eventually the street surface will collapse. It’s hoped the repairs can begin next week, Gross said. MFT Construction has received the bid, he added.
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:50 Leesburg, Florida. — A large sinkhole has been swallowing downtown Leesburg and many neighbors said they are concerned. The sinkhole at Main and East streets has already gobbled up one business, and the damage is getting worse.  City leaders said the mess is in the hands of the landowner, and city officials said since it’s only been a couple of weeks, they’re not ready to issue any ultimatums. Douglass Anderson has a good view of the sinkhole because it’s just 50 paces from his Leesburg home. “No. I don’t think we’ve got to pull out. I think the thing is going that way,” said Anderson, pointing away from his house. The sinkhole opened at the corner of East and Main on June 27. “There’s no indication that this hole has been growing,” said Robert Sargent, Leesburg city spokesman. Sargent said even though half the roof of Main Street Hair and Beauty Supply caved in, the width and depth of the pit remains the same. The sinkhole is 60 feet across and 20 feet down.

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 17:03 Charlotte, NC-Police closed a south Charlotte intersection Friday morning after a sinkhole developed. The sinkhole was on Sharon Road at the Wendover Road intersection. Motorists began reporting the problem shortly before 7 a.m., and authorities closed the intersection a short time later. Inbound Sharon Road is open, but the outbound lanes are closed. In addition, there is no access to Sharon Road from Wendover Road. Typically, these holes are caused by broken underground water lines that need repair. But it is unclear if that is the problem this time. State highway personnel arrived at the scene about 8:30 a.m. Motorists should consider using Sharon Lane and Providence Road as alternate routes.

Sun, 24 Jul 2011 05:14 Idaho-The Idaho Transportation Department closed a section of Highway 55 east of Homedale Sunday evening after a culvert failed and irrigation waters ate a 20-foot wide hole into the side of the road. Until it is repaired, drivers must take detours along Pershall, Edison and Thompson roads. A Department of Transportation spokesman listed two probable causes for the culvert’s failure: holes in the pipe allowed water to seep through or debris plugged the pipe so pooling water undermined surrounding earth.
Sun, 24 Jul 2011 00:00 Illinois-A 20-foot sinkhole has appeared under Hicks Road near Dundee Avenue. Residents are encouraged to avoid the intersection if possible.  A 20-foot sinkhole has opened along and under Hicks Road near Dundee Road, Palatine police said. The sinkhole forced the closure of all northbound lanes on Hicks. Traffic has been shifted to the southbound lanes, reducing Hicks to one lane of traffic in each direction, Palatine Fire Department Battalion Chief William Gabrenya said. Gabrenya said the sinkhole opened because of a sewer line collapsed beneath the street following the Saturday, July 23 rain that caused flooding throughout Palatine. Motorists are advised to avoid the Hicks and Dundee intersection if at all possible.
Sat, 23 Jul 2011 09:59 Connecticut-Sinkhole on West Raymond Street caused by water main break. A water main break on West Raymond Street in Hartford not only closed down the street but it also caused some problems for an SUV and its driver. Willena Hardie’s husband was backing out of their driveway when one of the front tires fell into a sinkhole. “He was banged around and so frazzled, so he called me and that’s what I found when I got here,” she said.
Sun, 24 Jul 2011 Florida-The roof of Main Street Hair & Beauty Supply has caved in on Friday, July 22, 2011, in Leesburg. The roof of a Leesburg business building has collapsed, weeks after a sinkhole gulped part of it. As the roof of the Main Street Hair and Beauty Supply of Saaraa Corner Store crumpled, more debris, including a Dumpster, trees, boxes and beauty products, was pushed into the sinkhole. However, city officials are adamant that the sinkhole is not growing, and attribute the collapse instead to the building’s wooden trusses that gave way. “There’s no indication that it’s growing,” said Robert Sargent, a spokesman for the city of Leesburg, adding that soil around the edges of the hole also has fallen in. The discovery of the sinkhole came on the early morning of June 27, when Rafeek Mohamid, owner of the property, received a call from his alarm company that something was wrong.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 11:43 Tennessee-A crew is working to ensure that water continues to flow in a Sevier County creek where a sinkhole opened, draining a three-mile section of the stream. The plan is to plug the holes that first formed last year in Middle Creek under the Collier Drive bridge. The bridge had to be stabilized and now work is under way to ensure the stream continues to flow above ground. A dam was built and pumps are channeling the water through temporary pipes along the bank while the holes are filled and a concrete sluice is built over them. Rain on Wednesday raised the water level in the stream and forced a temporary halt to the work, according to The Mountain Press.
Source: The Associated Press

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