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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Giant Nixa sinkhole that swallowed house getting new attention - KY3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- In 2006, a giant sinkhole opened up in Nixa, swallowing part of a house.  Now five years later, the sink hole and the problems surrounding it are getting new attention.
The city of Nixa filled up the sinkhole back in August of 2006, and they say the movement happening now is to be expected.  But one woman who lives directly across the street isn't so sure.
Carol Adkins remembers the collapse that swallowed her neighbor's garage and everything in it.
"Saw it go in the hole- called 911," Adkins says.
The sinkhole turned out to be 60 feet across and at least 75 feet deep.  The huge hole was eventually filled up with boulders, debris and all.  "After the evaluations from our geotechnical engineers, U.S. Geological Survey, and a lot of other specialists that participated, Department of Natural Resources, we were allowed to install large limestone boulders," says Nixa City Administrator Brian Bingle.

And more sinkhole news: 

Man survives driving into sinkhole
CHICAGO (WGN/CNN) - The morning drive to work took a staggeringly-unexpected turn for one Chicago man this weekend who found himself fighting to his life after his SUV tumbled into a gaping sinkhole.
At Foster and Elston, on the city's northwest side, the size of the sinkhole was hard to gauge until you saw the SUV that was being pulled out from inside.
Sam Khim, 65, was on his way to work around 5:30 Saturday morning when the street simply gave way.
"Driving, car drop, inside, water come right away, pipe broken," Khim said.
Within seconds the root of the sinkhole - a broken, decades old brick water main and sewer - became a matter of life and death for Sam. His car filled with water as he struggled to get out, upside down, and 15 feet below street level.
"And make, smaller, move out, and water almost here," Khim
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