Sinkholes: One forms, one gets filled in

by Michael Mosher on November 1, 2017

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Hole opens in Rolling Greens community early Tuesday; repairs begin at sinkhole that collapsed on June 10 at Checkers on State Road 200.

On one side of town early Tuesday, a large sinkhole opened up at an intersection in the Rolling Greens subdivision and led to the evacuation of one couple from their home.

On the other side of town, later in the day, a work crew from Williston was working to repair the large sinkhole that opened at the Checkers eatery at 2701 SW College Road on June 10 and nearly swallowed up a couple’s automobile.

A Rolling Greens resident reported the sinkhole around 3 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Rolling Greens Drive and Peebles Beach Road, said Preston Bowlin, Marion County’s director of emergency management.

Bowlin said the occupants of one home were evacuated because the hole — estimated at 25 feet long and 15 feet deep — was near it.

The intersection is closed to traffic.

On Tuesday afternoon, a man named Harold, who did not wish to give his last name, who lives across the street from the displaced couple, said he usually wakes up around 2 a.m. to get ready for work. He said there had been a barricade erected because of a small depression some time time ago.

He said he could tell early Tuesday that the depression looked larger so he got a flashlight and saw that a sinkhole had begun to form at the site. At that hour, he said, it was not as large as it became later in the day.

He said he called 9-1-1, then the property owners, then his neighbors.

The man said he later was told by management that a “geologic crew” would be coming out on Wednesday to inspect the sinkhole. He said the couple has been relocated to another home inside the community.

Linda McCormick, who also lives nearby, said it was “nerve-racking” to see the sinkhole. She said there had been a “dip” there for weeks. She speculated that recent rains, including a deluge Monday night, “might have caused this.”

Her husband, Bob McCormick, said he really would have liked to have seen an assessment done on Tuesday as the hole could double in size with more rain.

 

Managers of the expansive mobile home community, which includes a golf course, driving range and courts for basketball, bocce, pickle ball and croquet, among other amenities, declined to comment.

Meanwhile, on the very busy SR200 corridor, at the intersection of 27th Avenue, work has begun to repair the sinkhole that forced the closure of Checkers.

Ocala city officials on Tuesday said a plan for repairs to the sinkhole in front of the eatery in the Gaitway Plaza was submitted Sept. 21 and a permit was issued Sept. 29. The permit expires in March, but officials said they anticipate the work will completed in December.

Bracken Engineering, from Tampa, did the design work. A crew from Foundation Technologies in Williston is doing the job. The estimated cost for the project is between $300,000 and $360,000, city officials said.

On June 10, after quick and heavy rains hammered some sections of Marion County, Vincent Coyne, 81, and his wife Janet, 79, went through the drive-thru at Checkers. As they were pulling away in their 2014 Kia Optima hybrid, the front end of the car dropped into a large sinkhole that had opened up.

With the car teetering on the edge, the couple quickly got out of the car before it slid deeper into the hole. They escaped without any injuries.

Ocala Fire Rescue officials estimated the size of the sinkhole at about 25-feet wide and 25-feet deep.

City officials said that early repairs at the site included Checkers replacing a broken gas line and a damaged stormwater drainage pipe.

On Tuesday, Foundation Technologies workers were busy at the property, which remains surrounded by chain link fencing. They are doing grout injection, in which pins are placed from 15 feet to 55 feet into the ground. The pins are filled with concrete and cement. After that, the hole will be covered.

City officials said they will continue check at the site to be sure everything is done according to plan.

Officials with Checkers could not be reached for comment.

On Tuesday, when the Star-Banner called the Coyne home, the couple’s daughter, Sandy Coyne, said that her father, who had been in ill health, died about three weeks after the incident and that her mother is not doing well.

 

 

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