Hurricane Irene Sink Hole Getting Bigger

Residents of one Onslow County neighborhood hope a huge sinkhole doesn't eat up their homes.

The 15 foot wide and 10 foot deep hole first showed up on Saddleridge Court the day Hurricane Irene hit. It is now threatening two homes in the Raintree subdivision, off Gum Branch Road.

The hole continues to get bigger, today it's 15 feet from one house and has already swallowed the fence of another home.

County D.O.T. Maintenance Engineer Warren Wethington says the sinkhole is coming from a broken storm water drain pipe. He says the subdivision builders laid the pipe back in the 1980 and it's now the homeowners responsibility to fix it. Wethington says if the leak was on state right-of-way then they would repair it.

Neighbors say every time it rains, more and more of their yard is eaten away.

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