Sinkhole Causes Cracks Throughout Unicoi Elementary School

by Michael Mosher on September 18, 2012

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ERWIN, Tenn. – An engineering report on a sinkhole that has closed a Unicoi County elementary school said cracks were found throughout the school building and the director of schools wants more testing done.

Unicoi County Director of Schools Denise Brown discussed the report during a meeting Thursday of the county board of education.

The report found cracks ranging in size and severity inside the Love Chapel Elementary School’s classrooms, along the building’s exterior and walkways and in a hallway of one wing of the building.

Brown told the board that she asked for additional testing at the site, including seismic testing around the school’s perimeter that started this week.

The school closed in August after the 120-foot-deep sinkhole was discovered near the building.

The hole was first seen by someone walking past Love Chapel Elementary on a Saturday morning when classes were not in session.

A crew sent by insurance provider Risk Management Trust drilled holes and collected soil samples last month.

Over $38,000 had been spent to repair the hole by the first week of September. Brown said $25,000 of that went for gravel dumped into the chasm.

The insurer required that professional movers be used to move materials needed for students, who have been sent to other schools. That added $8,000.

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