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Columbia Co. begins sinkhole repairs

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Construction to fill and pave over several sink holes in the Augusta area is underway.

"We have to react as they happen," said Ronald Hutto, Pre-Construction Engineer for Columbia County. "If we tried to upgrade everything in the county to accommodate the rain that we had out there, we would go broke."

Hutto said while Columbia Co. can't prevent sinkholes from happening, they can react quickly.

"You don't want it to get any worse or we have another massive rain and it continues and it caves in like the others have," Hutto said.

Biltmore Drive was one of the streets that got a huge surprise after heavy rains tortured the CSRA this month.

"What happens is when you get that massive amount of rain, sometimes you structures fail because they get overwhelmed with water and that was the case here," Hutto said. "We had a pipe failure that happened right in the yard."

Construction will cost $160,000 to repair. The are estimating road closure for up to 30 days and commuters are urged to take an alternate route. The county is calling this sinkhole an emergency situation.   

Hutto said the reason why sinkhole, like the one on Biltmore Drive, are dangerous is because they are located next to a public street. They are looking to work to repair them quickly. They have already placed signs and cones on the street to prevent the traffic from coming through.

Hutto also said the public can prevent future sinkholes from being too bad by keeping away debris that could clog up the draining structure.

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