Sinkhole Looks Like 'Science-Fiction Movie' 6-03-2010 - WSMV Channel 4

Sinkhole Looks Like 'Science-Fiction Movie' 6-03-2010

Reported by Carley Gordon
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.Montgomery County resident Max Cohen said he arrived home to a scene that looked like it was "out of a science-fiction movie."

Video: Neighborhood Has 40-Foot-Deep Sinkhole


Montgomery County and Clarksville are dealing with sinkholes that have resulted from the May flood. What started as a small sinkhole on Brownsville Road and Ontario Lane has continued to grow in the neighborhood.
"The road just started sinking and fell in, and we filled it up two or three times, and we finally decided we was going to have to dig it out," said project manager Darnell Black.
Two homes have yard damage from the heavy machinery parked by crews that are attempting to get rid of the hole, which is 40 feet deep and 25 feet across.
"I just want it done, and I want my yard back," said Cohen.
There are at least six sinkholes being worked on in the county, but it's a different story in Clarksville, where there are at least 16 sinkholes reported so far in the city.
"I'm hoping we don't get any more calls, but I'd be surprised if we don't," said Jack Frazier, engineering manager of the Clarksville Street Department.
The Street Department is hoping to get financial help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The city isn't going to hire an outside company because it can't afford to outsource the jobs.
"It's just one crew and a lot of sinkholes," Frazier said.
Department heads said that any sinkhole on private property is the property owner's responsibility.
The sinkholes are being fixed on a case-by-case basis by using a cap or by filling the hole with rocks.
"I think we've found the bottom now. We're laying it with felt paper then fill it with rocks and pour concrete back on top of it to try to stop it," said Black of the sinkhole in the Brownsville Road and Ontario Lane neighborhood.


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