Sinkhole in East Springfield Neighborhood Uncovers Old Mineshaft

by Michael Mosher on February 5, 2013

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — An underground mine is collapsing in an east Springfield neighborhood.

A sinkhole about 30 feet wide appeared earlier this week along Devon Rd., which is east of U.S. 65 and north of Sunshine Street.

Apparently no one knew the mine was there until a homeowner heard the collapse on Tuesday. The sinkhole uncovered an old mineshaft from about 100 years ago.

A Building Development Services team is inspecting the two homes that are in jeopardy. They’ve suggested the families leave their homes while the engineers try to figure out how to stabilize the buildings.

Cora Scott with the City of Springfield says the City’s role is to ensure the stability of the houses and provide technical assistance in connecting with the proper sources to help property owners get the problem resolved.

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