Sinkholes near East Texas elementary school raise safety concerns

by Michael Mosher on August 12, 2012

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A large sinkhole near a local elementary school that is raising some safety concerns at Flat Rock Lane and Balsam Gap Road.  

It’s about a block away from Jack Elementary.

Tyler Development Services Engineer Michael Wilson says the damage was likely caused by some sort of failure in the storm sewer pipe, which allowed soils around it to be washed downstream and create a giant cavity.

Wilson says the street wasn’t originally a public one owned by the city.

It was built by a private developer who has since either went out of business or gone bankrupt.

But good news: After receiving several calls, Wilson says the city talked to the new owner .who agreed to pay for it to get fixed.

The street will probably be temporarily shut down while it’s being repaired.

Wilson says after it is completed and the repairs are approved, the street will eventually become city owned.

Repairs should take about 30 days and are scheduled to start next week

Full article…here

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