Neighbors worry after second sinkhole opens in one week

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, June 10, 2013

CLEARWATER, S.C. (WRDW) -- All the rain is not only creating flooding issues, but also causing problems on the road.

In Aiken County, two sinkholes have opened up on one road in the past week. One happened last Monday, closing part of the road, and a second happened exactly one week later.

Cherokee Drive and the surrounding areas have been seeing the edges of their roads washing away.

"I never realized a road could collapse the way it did," said Amanda Posey, who lives on Cherokee Drive. "It's getting closer and closer to home. That's whats scary."

The two on Cherokee aren't the only ones. Just a few roads down in her neighborhood, a hole has closed part of Willow Lane and another has closed part of Lynwood Drive.

"If this dirt is so soft and we're witnessing just a couple feet away that this road is giving in and it's caving in, and what looked like a road at one point is now a big hole. It can happen," Posey said. "It can happen anywhere."

Now she's worried about the cracks at the bottom of her own driveway.

"This crack in my driveway, every morning I come out here just to make sure it's not getting further and further apart," she said.

She says there are other parts of the road that cause concern as well.

"We've witnessed tires being busted at the little potholes, which is where this seems to happen," Posey said. "It starts off being a pothole, and then before you know it, we have a sinkhole."

Sinkholes that have already closed down many of their ways in and out of the neighborhood.

"We need a way for emergency response to get here in the event that something happens," she said. "Right now, we're limited in roads."

She says one thing she worries about is the amount of traffic on the roads. More cars driving over means more pressure.

The S.C. DOT did get the second one fixed up Monday, but the ones that still remain closed have lots of work left to do that will be difficult until all the rain stops.


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