Storm leaves sinkhole near building in downtown Winston-Salem

by Michael Mosher on September 10, 2015

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Neighbors have concerns about the sinkhole that opened up Monday near an apartment building in downtown Winston-Salem.

The sinkhole was discovered after a fast-moving storm system dumped nearly 2 inches of rain in the area late Monday.

After rains Tuesday afternoon, the sinkhole, which is about 8 feet deep, was filled with water and mud.

The sinkhole is at 648 Holly Ave., which is a small apartment complex. A condo complex is across the parking lot on Holly Place Court.

A utility pole on the property of 648 Holly Ave. was in danger of falling Tuesday morning after most of the ground around it was washed out.

Crews from Duke Energy put up a new utility pole away from the sinkhole and removed the pole that was in the sinkhole.

Bradford Cash, a resident of apartments at 648 Holly Ave., said Duke Energy was on site most of the day Tuesday.

“They’ve been out here putting up a brand-new pole,” he said. “They cut off the power at about 4:30 (p.m.) to move the transformer.”

Cash said the old utility pole nearly fell on the condos, but crews managed to tether it to keep it from falling.

The new utility pole is about 8 feet from the sinkhole.

Another neighbor said she worried that without the sinkhole being repaired, the new pole could end up in the sinkhole as well or fall and land on either the apartments or condo building.

The sinkhole is on private property. Assistant City Manager Greg Turner said there is a program to help when a sinkhole occurs in an area with single-family home.

“The program doesn’t apply to multi-family or institutional areas,” Turner said.

According to city ordinances, sinkholes are a nuisance when they constitute a hazard, physical or otherwise, or create an unsafe condition.

The property owner has five days from the date of notice to fix the sinkhole or incur a penalty.

The civil penalty shall be $100 or 10 percent of the cost of abatement, whichever is greater.

According to Forsyth County tax records, the property is owned by Gail Bailey. Bailey declined Tuesday to comment on the sinkhole.

Officials at the National Weather Service said the storm Monday dumped 1.68 inches of rain on Forsyth County, causing problems with runoff.

Turner said there was minor flooding on South Hawthorne Road, Kirkless Road and Bitting Road.

After Tuesday’s storm, more than 700 power outages were reported, mostly in the Hanes Mall area. Several businesses closed early or shut down briefly because of the outage

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