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Sinkhole work reveals another sinkhole

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany public works and Water, Gas and Light crews are busy repairing a massive sinkhole that collapsed a street over the weekend.  As they repaired that problem, they found another sinkhole nearby.

The really bad thing about sinkholes is there is nothing that can be done to prevent them, and they can do a lot of damage when they occur. Like the one on 16th Avenue.  It's about 25 feet deep, 30 feet wide.

In addition to this gaping hole in the road, it's also caused problems with sewage and water pipes. And unfortunately, this isn't the only sinkhole on 16th Avenue. Just about 100 feet away, another one appeared next to a house.

It's hard to tell just how big the sinkhole in Chris Coates yard is by looking at this video. But it's nearly five feet across, 10 feet deep. And with another sinkhole nearby, it's enough to cause concern.  He said, "I'm going to make sure my insurance is paid up all the way through." Just in case this smaller sinkhole, turns into one like this.

Coates said, "If it starts developing. You know Albany is an aquifer so what happens is the lime sinks develop all over the place so I'm kind of in a little fear of my house, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed."

And Albany public works and Water, Gas and Light crews are keeping their hands busy at work.

Sewer Superintendent Ann Zimmer-Shepherd said, "Albany's got a lot of sinkholes in the area, so it's obviously something that we have to deal with on a regular basis." But not sinkholes like this.

Zimmer-Shepherd said, "It looks like there's sinkhole potential in this whole area. There's a sinkhole within 100 feet of this site, so that would indicate there's karst terrain in this area." A terrain they'll have to work with, in order to make this street passable again.

She said, "I would imagine it will be several days and, of course, we'll be working against the weather, too." Which could turn this sinkhole into a really big mud hole.

Albany public works will work to secure the sinkhole and then repair their sewer line. They'll then fill in part of the sinkhole, up to the water main so Water, Gas and Light can then repair that line. And then of course, they'll have to repair the road to make sure it is passable again.

The sinkhole caused thousands of gallons of water to wash away the asphalt in the area on Sunday. People who live nearby were without water for several hours and had to boil water until yesterday afternoon to make sure it was okay to drink.

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