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Old 25-10-2010, 09:30 PM   #41
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Sinkhole Eats Part Of Downtown Street

October 6, 2010



PHOENIX -- Drivers in Central Phoenix had to take some detours Wednesday afternoon because of a big sinkhole.

Crews roped off the area around Sixth Avenue and Adams to figure out how to fill the hole.

There is no official word as to what initially created the sinkhole.

http://www.kpho.com/news/25310226/detail.html
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Old 25-10-2010, 09:32 PM   #42
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Boardwalk sinkhole to get short-term fix

Oct 01, 2010,



NEWBURYPORT — City officials are moving ahead with a short-term fix to a sinkhole on the city's waterfront boardwalk.

The sinkhole opened up on the walkway earlier this summer and has been blocked off with fencing to prevent pedestrians from accessing it.

The firm Vine Associates inspected the sinkhole and issued an engineering report highlighting two options for a fix — a short-term solution that will last for a few years and a permanent fix estimated to cost half a million dollars.

After a meeting with the NRA, Waterfront Trust, the harbormaster, Department of Public Services and others, Mayor Donna Holaday said this week that the city's DPS crews will move ahead with a temporary fix, stabilizing the hole with different-sized angular stones, a filter fabric and gravel.

"It'll probably be a five-year fix," Holaday said.

The city will use DPS workers to fill the hole and take the costs for the materials from their budget, rather than paying a contractor, unless the situation proves to need more specific expertise, Holaday said.

If a contractor does need to be hired, the mayor said, she will ask all of the involved agencies to split the costs: NRA, Waterfront Trust, harbormaster and the city.

NRA chairman James Shanley updated the committee on the two options at its meeting this week, saying the responsibility for who has to fix it must be determined before the permanent fix is needed.

The short-term fix should last about two to three years, he said.

"That land belongs to us," Shanley said. "The argument could be made we fix it. It's a possibility."

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WATCH: Sink hole forms under Third Avenue in Wausau

Tuesday September 28, 2010


A storm sewer has collapsed under the
intersection of 3rd and West Wausau
Avenues on Wausau's west side, causing a
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - A storm sewer has collapsed under the intersection of 3rd and West Wausau Avenues on Wausau's west side, causing a 15-foot deep sinkhole.

The sinkhole was likely caused by heavy rains, said city project engineer Allen Wesolowski. The city will hire a contractor to dig up the street and assess the damage Wednesday.

The road remains intact but the concrete over the sinkhole is slightly depressed. The sinkhole is an estimated 40 feet wide.

“Our biggest concern was someone falling in. At this point we've minimized that by keeping everybody off the street,” Wesolowski said.

Engineers inspected the site Tuesday afternoon by dropping a video camera down a manhole and looking at the storm sewer pipe. Officials are concerned because of a high pressure gas pipe and electric service lines near the storm sewer.

Traffic has been detoured at 3rd and Union Avenues and is being re-routed on 4th Avenue to Norton Street. The detour could last more than a week, Wesolowski said.

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Crews remove truck from sink hole

Posted: Sep 30, 2010 8:08 AM PDT Updated: Oct 05, 2010 1:49 AM PDT



BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A sewage contractor work truck that fell into a sink hole while checking on a sewage problem near downtown Baton Rouge has been lifted from the hole.

Crews were able to get the truck removed just before 12:30 p.m.

The incident happened on St. Joseph at France streets, right outside WAFB's television station.

No one was injured, but the problem has left St. Joseph closed to traffic.

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EARLIER: Sinkhole gobbles up busy street in Port St. Lucie

October 04, 2010 8:50 AM





PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A water main break under Port St. Lucie Boulevard just a couple blocks from City Hall has created a sinkhole that gobbled up the width of a traffic lane early Monday morning.

UPDATE: Work progressing, traffic lanes slowly reopening

City officials say a contractor working for the Florida Department of Transportation accidentally breached an 8-inch water main under the road at 2 AM at Wayne Street. At one point thousands of gallons of water were flowing but the water has since been turned off and the sinkhole has stabilized.

Four residential water customers on PSL Boulevard east of Wayne Street and 10 commercial customers in the immediate vicinity of the break are under precautionary 48-hour boil water notices. One business, Pace 2000 Model Home Center, does not have water service.

Mel Bush & Sons Construction was called to make an emergency repair to the City's water main. FDOT will repair the roadway.

Southeast Airoso Boulevard to Southwest Bayshore Boulevard on Port St. Lucie Boulevard is shut down today and no estimate of reopening is available.

Officials are working to restore access to businesses on the closed section of PSL Boulevard. Motorists will have to make U-turns to leave the area because there will be no passage past the sinkhole.

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Sinkhole Shuts 96th Street Transverse Through Central Park

Friday, 15 Oct 2010, 10:36 PM EDT



MYFOXNY.COM - Crews are working to fix a sinkhole in the 96th Street Transverse through Central Park, officials said. Police have closed the transverse to traffic while repairs are made.

A spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection said that a catch basin on the side of the transverse that connects to a city sewer underneath failed, causing the sinkhole to open up.

The D.E.P. said a contractor would stay on the scene until the sinkhole is fixed, but it is not clear how long that would take.

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Sinkhole causes I-81 gridlock

October 23, 2010



MARTINSBURG - A portion of Interstate 81 was shut down Friday afternoon after highway officials discovered a sinkhole spanning the entire width of the southbound lane.

The sinkhole, located at the 7.5 mile marker between the Inwood and Tabler Station exits, caused the entire left southbound lane to have to be closed, leaving traffic backed up for miles.

"The sinkhole was about 6 feet deep and 24 feet long on the road," said Interstate 81 Supervisor James "Jimmy" Kees of the West Virginia Division of Highways. "I've been here 25 years, and this is the first time I've ever seen this happen."

According to Lee Thorne, District 5's engineer and manager, highway officials were first notified about the issue by a DOH mowing operator who happened to be mowing in the area of the Interstate median Friday around noon.

"He spotted a 4-inch-wide hole in the pavement and that's when he notified Jimmy (Kees) about it," Thorne said. "It was around noon when our maintenance engineer, who happened to be in Berkeley and Jefferson county Friday, came up and looked at it himself."

Thorne said the maintenance engineer probed underneath the surface of the hole to get an estimate of its dimensions.

"When he was able to tell that the hole went back 'a little ways' under the slab of concrete, we decided to close that one lane down and excavate to see exactly how large the opening was," he said.

Kees said DOH workers immediately went to work repairing the hole by filling it with concrete.

"We still kept the lane closed while we waited for the concrete to finish setting," he said.

Officials said they weren't sure why it formed.

"Usually these things tend to occur in wet weather - but it's been so dry this year, we're not exactly sure what caused this," Kees said.

Thorne said he would like to thank the mower operator for noticing the hole in the first place.

Traffic delays lasted several hours and no major accidents were reported along I-81 in Berkeley County. However, emergency 911 dispatchers said there were a few incidents where motorists were "rubber necking" and caused minor incidents.

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Sinkhole Created at Blue Earth River Levee

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Floodwaters are taking a toll on the Blue Earth River levee near South Bend Township, causing a sinkhole.MNDot Engineer Gordon Regenscheid (Reagan--shide) believes a failure in the water handling system is sucking soil into the pipe.That's causing the sinkhole.He says the first thought was to fill a few loads of dirt until the water went down.150 truckloads later the army corps of engineers came to town to discuss what needs to be done.Whatever the fix, it will be expensive.Regenscheid says, "Right today our focus is, we've got to get some contractors hired and fix the problem and over the winter we can decide who pays for what and sort all that out."Regenscheid says they will try to get funding from the state legislature if Governor Pawlenty calls a special session.Other potential funding sources include FEMA, and the Corps of Engineers.He says the project will have to be completed before the freeze to prevent further problems next spring.

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Sewer leak causes sink hole in Groton

GROTON, S.D. (AP) - Groton Mayor Roy Olson says a leak in a sewer line caused a sink hole across from the town's elementary school.

The Groton City Council held an emergency meeting last week after the sink hole was discovered.

Olson told the Aberdeen American News that it would cost $50,000 to $80,000 to repair, depending on what workers find and how much digging is needed.

The line on the western edge of Groton, which is 14 feet below ground, was installed in 1986. It goes through Mud Creek and serves residents west of Highway 37 and north of U.S. Highway 12.

Workers are trying to remove the water to deal with the problem, which could take a week and a half to two weeks. They plan to dig six wells around the hole to remove the water.

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Murrysville water main breaks, sends family scrambling

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Mud in the house


Not rainwater


Sean Wilson

Sean Wilson thought he heard heavy rain Friday morning before he realized it was water gushing into his Murrysville home.

A break in a 12-inch water main in front of his house at 3746 Meadowbrook Road forced water over the hillside and into his home, flooding the basement and the first floor.

The break created a sinkhole in the road that was more than 4 feet deep, and one motorist drove into the hole, authorities said.

The cause of the 6:50 a.m. break isn't known, said Chris Kerr, manager of the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. Crews were on scene within 30 minutes.

"It's in a very precarious position in the road," Kerr said. "When the water runs away from the leak, it runs down the hill. We were able to get it valved off, but it was still pulling water down the hill until we could get it shut down. With that tank, we have to shut it down slowly or it will cause another problem in the system. We have areas that are like that. Water has nowhere to go but down."

Thirty residents lost service. Kerr said it was expected to be restored by early yesterday evening.

There were no injuries reported, but one woman drove her car into the sink hole.

"Her vehicle wound up going down there, and they had to tow her out," Murrysville police Officer Brian Dulkis said. "She wasn't aware of what was going on and mistakenly drove in there."

Mud and water flowed down the hill to Thermal Industries at 3700 Haney Court. Most of the employees were sent home for the day, a representative from the company's Pittsburgh sales office said.

Mud caked the floors on the first floor and basement of the home where Wilson lives with his wife Cassie, son Tommy and stepdaughter Jessica.

"The water was cascading down these steps," Wilson said. "We had to open the basement door to let it out of the basement. It was running out of the duct work."

He and his wife worked quickly to get their six Weimaraners out of the rushing water and back into the house.

"My wife and I were in the kitchen, and I said, 'Hon, I think it's raining, we've got to get the dogs,'" Wilson said. "They were bounding like deer through the water trying to get back into the house. They thought it was like a field day."

Along with the dogs, the family has three cats. An orange and white cat named Hank went missing during the commotion.

"He's here (somewhere)," Wilson said. "The water wasn't deep enough for him to drown."

Wilson said representatives from FireDEX of Pittsburgh were packing items that weren't damaged and starting the process of restoring his home.

"We could be displaced for some time," Wilson said. "They're talking about us staying somewhere for a month or two.

"It's so frustrating. What are you going to do? You can't do anything. I'm sure it will be taken care of, but it's terribly inconvenient."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/vall.../s_702290.html
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Sinkhole Slightly Enlarged; Cause Of Collapse Still Undetermined
Not much has changed at the sinkhole at Frank Sinatra Drive.

October 12, 2010








The sinkhole that was created because of the partial road collapse at Frank Sinatra Drive on Friday afternoon has enlarged slightly, with new cracks in the road showing and one piece fallen off into the river. According to an update sent out by city spokesman Juan Melli, engineers from the county, the city and Applied Housing have been meeting at the site.

"The size of the collapse has grown due to erosion and may continue to grow," the city's statement read. "Divers performed an underwater investigation of the area. Engineers are expected to return with a proposed plan and cost estimates."

The cause of the collapse, which happened Friday around 4 p.m., is still undetermined. A part of the pier at Frank Sinatra Field collapsed last year because of damage done by Teredo worms. The field has not been re-opened yet.

It's unclear if Friday's road collapse has anything to do with Teredo worms, which often cause problems by burrowing into underwater wooden pilings.

Melli also wrote that the mayor emphasized "the importance of repairing Sinatra Drive and the need to move expeditiously to address this emergency situation."

Although the hole seems to be growing, the city has assured residents who live nearby that they're safe: "neighboring buildings, which are built upon pilings driven at least 50 feet into the bedrock, are not at risk."

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Gaping sinkhole on Sinatra Drive in Hoboken widens, officials say

Tuesday, October 12, 2010



Last night's thunderstorms have widened the already gaping hole on Sinatra Drive after a portion of the waterfront roadway collapsed on Friday afternoon, officials said.

As of today, the hole measures 50 feet long by 25 feet wide and is eight feet deep, approximately 10 feet wider than the weekend's measurements. Long cracks have also formed in the pavement surrounding the crater.

The enormous hole has become somewhat of an uptown tourist attraction, drawing many gawkers to the chain-link fence that blocks the roadway several feet from the site of the collapse.

Hudson County police officers are conducting a 24-hour watch of the area, but that didn't stop one on-looker who hopped the fence early this morning when the on-duty officer briefly left his post.

Hudson County engineers and delegates from Applied Housing and the Hoboken Office of Emergency Services returned to the site this afternoon to take a look and meet with Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Corporate Counsel Mark Tabakin. All were warned not to get too close, or else the hole could widen even further.

Divers were also sent down to conduct an underwater investigation of the bulkhead structures beneath the collapsed area.

The Administration hopes the repairs will be expedited in order to quickly re-open the section of the roadway that is now closed to all traffic, said city spokesman Juan Melli.

Hudson County spokesman Jim Kennelly said that the process will not be as swift as one might hope.

"What happens now is not just an estimate of the sinkhole, but an evaluation of the (entire) roadbed and the structures that hold it up," he said.

The County has not yet determined the cost or the time frame of the repairs which could extend to other parts of the old roadway, depending on the results of the evaluation. All repair costs will be incurred by the County who has owned Sinatra Drive since 1998.

County Executive Tom DeGise said he will be meeting with Zimmer and the engineers tomorrow morning.

"The mayor called me up and said she had some concerns about other parts of Sinatra Drive," he said.

A portion of Sinatra Drive collapsed on Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. and remains closed to pedestrians and vehicles between 12th and 14th Streets. Neighboring buildings, including bar Lua and the Constitution Building directly behind the hole, are still considered safe.

http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.s...natra_dri.html
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'Speedway Sinkhole' Terrorizes Charlotte Motor Speedway

Oct 6, 2010

A “speedway sinkhole” formed in the infield of the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina last week, according to media reports.

The sinkhole was formed due to an underground collapse, track officials said.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the major tracks in the NASCAR racing circuit and hosts other races as well. The Bank of America 500 starts this weekend so the speedway has begun the process of filling the hole and making appropriate repairs.

“You may have heard about the sinkhole that developed in one of our infield display areas last Friday night due to recent heavy rains,” speedway officials said on the its Facebook page.

Track officials say that the collapse was caused by a 30-year-old drain pipe which had deteriorated 35 feet underneath the ground. The speedway was built atop an old landfill, officials noted.

“We are replacing the old pipe, backfilling the dirt and packing it down,” the Facebook page read. “No worries racing fans - it will be completed in time before Bank of America 500 week!”

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/43800/


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Top 10 items possibly found in the Charlotte Speedway sinkhole

Wed Oct 06 01:06pm PDT



Credit Charlotte Motor Speedway for taking this whole Speedway sinkhole thing in the spirit of fun. While they've given some updates on the real items found in the hole, like a newspaper from 1977, they've also offered up this list of possible items also present in the hole:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/blog/...=nascar-275063
the rest of that one was silly... but to the 1977 newspaper find:


Found in @CLTMotorSpdwy sinkhole, July 16, 1977 edition of
The #Charlotte News.


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Mystery Richmond sinkhole car found nearly six months later

10/08/2010

Remember that second car thought to be buried deep in the Richmond sinkhole? It's been found, nearly six months later.

Crews working at the site Friday uncovered the roof of the missing car about 20 feet beneath street level. Workers excavated it and used heavy equipment to pull it out and load it onto a flatbed truck. The crumpled car was retrieved in two, mud-caked pieces.

The car had been buried since April 15, when a hole 40 feet wide, 120 feet long and 30 feet deep opened on Via Verdi off El Portal Drive. The hole swallowed a blue 2007 Mazda that crews pulled from the hole a few days later.

Yvonne Still-Nichols reported that her white 2002 four-door Honda Civic was also lost in the sinkhole, but no one was able to find it for months, even as work at the hole continued. She was at the site as her long-lost ride -- now a tangle of twisted metal -- was pulled up to the surface.

It only took a crewman's glance at the first few letters of the license plate to confirm her fervent belief that her car was in the sinkhole.

"I knew it was there even though it's been such a long time," Still-Nichols said. "I'm in sort of disbelief, awe and relief. It's one thing that can be closed up. I don't have to think about it now."

There was a brief tangle with insurance adjusters about whether the car was swallowed up by the earth, she said, but eventually she got a payout and her carrier officially took ownership.

"It's their scrunched-up car now," she said.

After the car was removed, a bag was found inside the car and returned to Still-Nichols.

Test results on the soil and the culvert for San Pablo Creek that runs underneath the road are, by month's end, expected to give city engineers an understanding of what caused the sinkhole. In the meantime, crews are excavating the damaged culvert and creating a temporary channel with retaining walls to let the creek flow by the end of this month before the rainy season starts.

They will spend the rainy season developing a repair plan based on the soil and culvert test results and preparing design documents. Reconstruction is expected to start this spring.

A temporary two-lane bypass road around the sinkhole provides residents living in the Via Verdi cul-de-sac a way in and out during repairs.

After she gave up on the idea of seeing her car again, and after fending off the doubts of insurance companies, Still-Nichols bought a Saturn Ion and was back on the road.

Eventually.

"It spent the first three weeks in the shop," she said. "I have that kind of luck."

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Introducing... The Florida Sinkhole Insurance Fund?

October 22, 2010

Will Floridians, who already support a state-backed property insurer and a catastrophe fund, support another public insurance entity for sinkhole coverage?

Such a fund might be the "best way to go," according to John Auer, president of domestic insurer American Strategic Insurance. Auer said he likes the idea because it would "quantify the problem" of runaway sinkhole claims that are costing insurers millions and "could take some companies out."

"I know a lot of other companies feel similarly," Auer said.

The sinkhole insurance fund concept, which has been recommended in two academic studies as a possible solution to rising claims, was among the ideas bandied about during a special symposium in Orlando. The symposium was organized by the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) and Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty to bring together insurance industry representatives and policymakers on recommendations for improving the state's property insurance market. It was titled "Moving the Market Forward."

Actuary Missy Shelley of Florida Farm Bureau, another domestic insurer, cautioned that before the state launches any new sinkhole facility "an analysis needs to be done so we know what we are getting into."


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Sink hole opens up in busy Gisborne road

Updated at 5:23pm on 21 October 2010

Contractors in Gisborne are trying to stop a sink hole that has opened up in the middle of a major intersection after a break in the sewerage pipe.

The three-and-a-half metre hole is at the corner of Lytton Road and Nelson Road in the city's western suburbs.

Contractors have been trucking sewage away in an effort to keep the sewage in the pipes down to a level where they can work on fixing the problem.

Residents in the area have been asked to minimise wastewater discharge from their homes as much as possible until the situation is stabilised, hopefully by sometime on Friday.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/region...-gisborne-road
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Old 25-10-2010, 10:51 PM   #58
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EarthTalk: What fills the empty space underground created by oil extraction?

Monday, 10.18.10

Dear EarthTalk: What, if anything, fills the empty space underground created by the extraction of billions of gallons of oil? Could oil drilling be one of the causes of increasing amounts of land settling and sinkholes in oil rich areas? Can it cause earthquakes?

- Linda Anderson, Sedona, Ariz.

The crude oil (and natural gas) we drill for the world over is, for the most part, stored in tiny pores within rock up to only about three miles deep in the Earth's hugely dense crust. At such depths, the oil there is under fairly high pressure. When it is removed, other liquids - usually water - move in to take its place, equalizing the pressure in the process. Sometimes oil extractors pump water into one side of an oil field to push oil toward wells on the other side, and the water replaces the oil accordingly.

In cases where other liquids don't move in, such as in the North Sea off The Netherlands, the porous rock layer that harbored the oil originally can collapse after extraction, causing slight amounts of land settling (known as "land subsidence") in the rock layer surfaces above, but typically no more than a few tenths of an inch per year.

Here in the U.S., land subsidence induced by the large volume extraction of underground resources including oil and gas "is more common than most people realize," according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a government agency which collects, monitors, analyzes and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues and problems. Flat coastal plains and wetlands near sea level are most at risk from this potential side effect.

Excessive ground water pumping, not oil or gas extraction, is the single largest source of land subsidence, says the USGS, but the agency cites several cases throughout the 20th century which they say demonstrate how "accelerated withdrawal of oil, gas and associated water from shallow unconsolidated reservoirs could lower the land elevation, cause minor earthquakes, and activate faults (around oil fields)."

Subsidence around large, mature oil and gas fields that coincide with faults could add enough stress to trigger small, locally based earthquakes as far as two kilometers away from the offending wells. Most geologists agree, though, that it is unlikely that oil and gas extraction could contribute to or cause major earthquakes, which are generated at depths far deeper than would be practical to drill for oil or gas. The USGS does suggest, however, that the continued withdrawal of oil and gas and the associated decline in underground fluid pressure could even contribute to coastal sea level rises by lowering coastal land elevations.

As for sinkholes, modern oil wells tend to be much deeper than the depth where sinkholes typically can affect people. Nonetheless, in 1980 residents of the West Texas town of Wink awoke one morning to find a 370-foot wide, 110-foot deep sinkhole a couple of miles north of downtown. Geologists suspect the sinkhole formed as a result of historic (and by today's standards outdated) oil production practices in the area whereby extractors pumped saltwater out from underneath the surface and left a void that the above layer of earth eventually collapsed into. A second, even bigger sinkhole opened up nearby in 2002.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/1...the-empty.html
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Grayslake sinkhole to be fixed before it affects road

Friday at 7:21 a.m.


The sinkhole, which formed
along Atkinson Road near
Washington Street in Grayslake.


One Grayslake trustee quipped that the sinkhole on the side of Atkinson Road will soon stop making, “a journey to the center of the earth.”

The village board earlier this week agreed to waive the formal bid process and authorize execution of a contract with Campanella & Sons, Inc. to immediately repair the sink hole, which formed near Washington Street at the north end of Atkinson Road.

Trustee Shawn Vogel said the sinkhole is “impressive,” and noted that when standing in the hole, the road is “chest high.”

Indeed, the hole is between four and five feet deep, said Grayslake’s Assistant Village Manager Derek Soderholm.

It formed near the wetland area on the West side of the road, thanks to a hole in a culvert pipe, Soderholm said.

The hole allowed water to rush through the area, eventually washing all the ground away through the hole in the culvert pipe.

Thus far, the sinkhole hasn’t affected the road at all, “but it could if it’s not taken care of,” Soderholm said.

Campanella & Sons will excavate the area and repair the pipe before backfilling the hole with some sort of stone product, Soderholm said. They’ll also do any restoration work that’s needed at the time.

Although sinkholes aren’t unheard of, especially where pipes are concerned, Soderholm said this one is special because of a series of water mains and gas mains in the area.

“It’s not weird, but this is a high-profile area,” he said, calling a sinkhole of this size and location: “Not so common.”

http://triblocal.com/grayslake/2010/...-affects-road/
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Repair work begins on Scott County sinkhole

Thursday, October 21, 2010 8:20 pm


A large sinkhole on Scott County Road Y-48 just North
of Iowa 22 has been filled with stone and a Tennessee
company is now working at the site to make sure it remains
stable.




Contractors from a Tennessee company that specializes in fixing sinkholes are on the scene of one that caved in part of a Scott County road last month.

On Thursday, the hole, that was believed to run about 140 feet to the floor of a mine tunnel, was only a couple of feet deep, but about 40 feet in diameter. A section of County Road Y-48 about a quarter-mile north of Iowa 22 went with the sinkhole.

Karst topography, where limestone is dissolved away by groundwater, leaving underground caverns and channels, dominates Scott County in the area between Buffalo and Davenport. Linwood Minerals and Mining mines the area for the limestone and is responsible for the sinkhole’s remediation and resurfacing the road.

A tunnel that runs under Y-48 was sealed after being mined out. Other sinkholes have occurred in the area but none that affected the county road before this.

The sinkhole was filled with rock before workers from the company, Rembco Inc., arrived Monday. They drilled injection shafts on Tuesday and began pumping a mortar-like grout on Wednesday.

The company also compacts the surface with further grouting. The rock used to fill the sinkhole hasn’t moved or shifted in a week, Linwood president Jonathan Wilmshurst said.

“They thought it was going to be two weeks,” he said of the grouting process. “We will know better by the end of the week.”

Wilmshurst expects the site to sit for about two more weeks to watch for any further settling before the road is replaced. The company wants the road repaired by Thanksgiving.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/articl...aign=hottopics
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