Milan, New Mexico. September 13th, 2013.

I40 will be reduced to one lane in both directions at To’hajiilee due to a sinkhole.

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Heavy rainfall caused a media drop inlet to fail, creating a sinkhole estimated to be about 20 feet deep.

Passing lanes in both directions of I-40 will be closed until the necessary repairs can be made.  NMDOT is currently securing I-40 and will barricade the sinkhole with a concrete wall barrier to protect the traveling public.

“NMDOT is committed to protecting the traveling public and will continue monitoring all roadways during these predicted rainstorm events over the next few days,” said Anthony Lujan, Deputy Secretary of Operations, NMDOT.

All work is expected to last throughout the weekend.

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Indianapolis, Indiana. September 9th, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 12.05 Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 12.06English Avenue was scheduled to be closed until 2 a.m. Tuesday after a water main break opened a sinkhole.

The driver of a Jeep was taken to the hospital after the car he was driving in was swallowed by the sinkhole on the city’s southeast side Monday morning.

IMPD closed English Avenue at Woods Crossing Drive, just east of English Avenue and Shortridge Road, which was the site of the sinkhole.

Police on the scene said a water main broke and caused water to flood the road. The driver was driving an older model Jeep Cherokee when the road gave way. The SUV landed inside the sinkhole. It was approximately 3 to 5 feet wide and 4 feet deep. Police were called to the scene just after 8 a.m.

The male driver, who is in his 20s, was at a local hospital for neck and back pain.

Citizens Energy officials said water crews would need to fix the break, which was due to “aging infrastructure.” Because of the main break, 65 homes were without water. Although Citizens initially thought crews would need six or eight hours to get the work done, officials said at 2 p.m. that English would need to be closed 12 hours.

Police asked driver’s to avoid the area.

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Ontario, Canada. September 9th, 2013.

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“I live in the east end, I drive past this daily on a fairly busy street [Denwood Drive], I can’t believe it has taken so long to resolve this issue,” notes a loyal reader who identifies himself as “Mike” in an e-mail to news.

“This sinkhole developed sometime around July 26 during a major rainstorm we had in the Sault. It was filled in with gravel shortly after, and just pylons and the yield to oncoming traffic sign remained. A few weeks later, around August 25, there was another major rainstorm in the Sault, and the original hole became bigger, and barricades with snow fence were put up. Since the rainstorm on August 25, this sinkhole has remained opened, and not been filled in or repaired and has looked like the photo I am including (taken on September 6).

“Just down the road from this hole, City crews did some other work, tore up and repaired a bit of the road (as seen in the photo) on Friday, August 30 or so. I am not sure why they didn’t fix this hole then.

“Also this sinkhole is just down the road from a public school too (see in photo), kids have been walking past this sink hole on their way to school for a week now.

“Is it odd that this has remained an open sinkhole for so long?”

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Assumption Parish Update.

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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.


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!



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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