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The driver of a garbage truck is uninjured after the truck fell into a sinkhole in north St. Louis.

Crews were attempting to move a trash truck that got stuck in a hole while on a north St. Louis street on Tuesday.

Officials with the St. Louis City Streets Department said the truck was lifting a waste container on an alleyway near Blair and Angelica when a concrete slab gave way, swallowing the truck into a hole.

It wasn’t clear what caused the sinkhole, and hours later, officials were still trying to figure out how to remove the truck.

Officials said the truck is less than a year old and cost the city about $230,000.

The Missouri Sewer District had begun repairing bad sewer lines about a block away, but it not known if the two incident were connected.

 

reports that the incident happened about 6:45 a.m. in an alley. The driver was taken to hospital as a precaution.

It wasn’t clear what caused the sinkhole, and hours later officials were still trying to figure out how to remove the truck.

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Orlando, FLorida. August 11th, 2013.

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Just in from our Santa Monica correspondent: Dozens of people were forced to evacuate from their resort near Florida’s Disney World when a 60-foot sinkhole caused a section of the resort to collapse Sunday night.

Guests at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Fla., reported the incident when they heard cracking sounds and windows shattering around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Authorities said all of the guests in the villa that sank and guests in an adjacent building, about 35 people, were evacuated before one building in the complex began to crumble and that no one was injured, according to CNN.

“No doubt there would’ve been injuries if they hadn’t gotten the building evacuated,” said Paul Caldwell, the resort’s president, during a news conference.

About 30 percent of one villa collapsed around 3 a.m. Monday morning, while another portion of the three-story resort was sinking, The Associated Press reported.

Luis Perez, who was staying at the resort, told WFTV that he saw firefighters and police outside when he went to report a power outage around 11:30 p.m.

“I started walking toward where they were at and you could see the building leaning and you could see a big crack at the base of the building,” Perez said.

Another couple and their child escaped through a window after the door frame in their room collapsed, witness Maggie Ghamry told WFTV.

“There were windows breaking everywhere. One woman was sitting in the tub and the tub levitated and that’s when she just grabbed a pair of shorts and came out with nothing,” Ghamry said. “So, it was the most surreal experience I never could have imagined in my wildest dreams.”

All of the guests were evacuated and relocated to other buildings on the resort’s property, but about 20 people left behind items such as car keys, medication and other personal belongings, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

“Our goal is to have everyone have a great vacation for the rest of the week,” Caldwell told reporters. “We’re going to do everything in our power to see that that happens.”

The extent of the damages is unclear, as firefighters are waiting for engineers to assess the building.

This isn’t the first time a sinkhole has caused damage in Florida. Sinkholes have been popping up throughout Florida as recently as June, and are particularly frequent in the Tampa Bay area. The Orlando Sentinel reports that sinkholes cost residents millions of dollars each year due to structural damage and insurance costs.

Sinkholes occur when soft limestone below the ground’s surface dissolves and collapses. This process can be sped up by construction or a drought followed by heavy rain.

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Tampa, Florida. August 9th, 2013.

Poor Tiger Woods.

It seems no one is safe from the scourge of sinkholes!

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A sinkhole may be sucking down his $60 million dollar Jupiter Island mansion in Florida. Hit that button to watch a video report on how Woods’ mansion is sinking — and how it will be repaired. Florida is getting way too famous for its outrageous sinkhole problem which destroys home and even lives. On Thursday, 10 News for Tampa Bay revealed that the Florida Geological Survey and the Florida Division of Emergency Management are going to use a $1.08 million federal grant to assess the ongoing sinkhole problem in the state. But the three-year pilot study will come too late to save Tiger Woods or many other Florida homeowners with houses already in place. The state said that the growing sinkhole risk was likely sparked by 2012 Tropical Storm Debby, which poured heavy rainfall into the state after a prolonged drought. Empty voids in the ground filled with water and then collapsed, leading to an outbreak of the sinkholes. TMZ said the hapless 37-year-old world number one golfer first noticed cracks in the dining room. When Woods called out the contractors, they quickly found the cause — a probable sinkhole that was sucking the walls and doors down unevenly. Ouch.

A Daily Mail report suggested an alternative theory. They suggested that some pilings under the mansion had been misplaced or not properly situated in the first place. I wouldn’t necessarily doubt it, but I wouldn’t want to be the contractor who had to explain that kind of goof to Tiger Woods. It’s safer to blame it on sinkholes. Either way, the Jupiter Island mansion will have to be stabilized by driving giant screws 24 feet into the ground. The job will take 15 screws at $1,000 a screw just for the parts. Hmm. Doesn’t sound too pricey considering the reported value of the Jupiter Island mansion. But I’d be happier if I were confident that the screws would actually work to stop Tiger Woods’ sinkhole problem.

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Toledo, Ohio. July 3rd, 2013.

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Work crews in Toledo are trying to figure out how to fix a massive sinkhole that has swallowed a car.

It’s happening at the intersection of Bancroft Street and Detroit Avenue, near I-75. The sinkhole has shut down the intersection.

Officials are telling WTVG, the ABC affiliate in Toledo , that the sinkhole is 20 feet deep and 10 to 15 feet across. It’s not yet clear what caused the sinkhole.

Video from Chopper 7 shows a silver or grey sedan wedged under a pipe with water pouring over the trunk area.

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Washington, DC. June 18th, 2013.

nw sinkhole washington 2 washington sinkhole 18 june 2013A sinkhole has opened up in a parking lot near the intersection of M Street and New York Avenue in Northwest D.C., said Tim Wilson, a D.C. fire department spokesman.

There is a Honda partially in the hole, but it has not completely fallen in

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Washington DC, USA. May 29th, 2013.

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It started with an email on a neighborhood chain. Residents worried that steel plates covering daily work on a D.C. Water project at 16th and Arkansas were dipping and shaking under heavy traffic.

“When you’re driving over it or biking over it, it’s definitely not solid underneath,” says Keenan Bailey, a Northwest resident.

The fear was that steel plates could mean something more. At the 14th Street sinkhole downtown, steel plates covered a dip in the street for two years. Underneath, the ground was slowly giving way.

“I think it speaks to the age of our infrastructure about how we have to be thinking smart about repairs and making strategic decisions so that we don’t have another 14th Street,” says Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser.

DDOT says they’ve inspected the plates and the site is safe. The quick reaction illustrates DDOT’s new policy: inspection of every steel plate in town.

“Definitely necessary, just the ones behind us, they were in awful condition,” says Jeremy Jackson, who lives in Northwest.

DDOT and D.C. Water continue to seal the 14th Street sinkhole. They hope to have it finished by Friday night. But the work doesn’t stop there.

“Anywhere that there is a plate that is covering up some sort of defect in the roadway or a depression, we’re looking at that along with DDOT,” says John Lisle, D.C. Water spokesperson.

 

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San Marco, Florida. June 13th, 2013.

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jacksonville 2103 3 jacksonville 2013 2One lane of Atlantic Boulevard near the intersection with Kings Road in San Marco is closed because of a sinkhole that opened up.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says barricades will remain in place until the Department of Transportation can fix the hole Thursday morning.

A 4- by 6-foot-wide hole that has shut down one lane of Atlantic Boulevard under the Interstate 95 overpass since Wednesday night was apparently started by a damaged storm drain under the roadway, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The sinkhole was caused by a utility company that nicked the Jacksonville drain weeks ago while working to relocate its own telecommunications line, department spokeswoman Gina Busscher said.

Qwest/Century Link had done some test drilling there as it worked to relocate its lines as part of the Department of Transportation’s $158 million Overland Bridge project, Busscher said. That ongoing project was begun in January to rebuild the I-95 corridor from the Fuller Warren Bridge south to almost Emerson Street.

Either Qwest or the state will begin road repairs Friday, she said.

“A contractor … apparently hit a storm drain when they were tying to locate it,” Busscher said. “We had a big rain come through and it went through the box culvert. With it being damaged, it collapsed and the road went down. … If they don’t fix it, we will fix it for them and bill them.”

Qwest is one of many utility companies working involved as the Overland project begins rebuilding the elevated interstate over San Marco and other parts of the city’s Southside.

The road collapse and 4-foot-deep hole forced the state and city to shut down one eastbound lane of Atlantic Boulevard at Kings Avenue. The hole was not causing any traffic backups during morning rush hour since barricades and warning lights were set up well in advance of the blocked-off area.

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