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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  • by Just do it Location: Richlands on Sep 13, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    This sounds like a job for "Class Action Lawsuit"!!! Beware shabby builders! Run sub standard contractors! Beware builders who think it's a "Briese"!!! I hope everyone really understands this one!!!
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      by bs on Sep 13, 2011 at 07:15 PM in reply to Just do it
      the pipe has been buried underground for 30 years on private property and was broken loose by a hurricane causing a leak and a sinkhole (running water does that) so you come up with the idea of just sue the guy that installed it THIRTY years ago as a solution. Grow up people- take responsibility for your own property, thats why you buy insurance and if they didnt thats thier fault.
  • by fllnhalo Location: Jville on Sep 13, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    Neighbor had a similar problem when they bought their house last year....builder put that pipe in but it was not part of the plans....Neighbor had one of the Mortons come out and repair, set each neighbor back 3k. Worse is that the seller of the home knew of the issue and did not disclose (everyone in the county knew of the issue), the other neighbor tried to sell their home but was unable due to it and have tenants in there while the owner is at another duty station.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Sep 13, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    Dump 10 yards of concrete into the hole. Once it hardens, the county will be forced to dig it up and fix the problem because then the problem will back up into the street.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2011 at 03:43 PM in reply to Clifton
      that'll fix it.
  • by Erin on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    That's in my old neighborhood. :( There seemed to be a lot of problems with sink holes when I left there 2 years ago. Hope they get it all situated.
  • by Vince Location: Washington on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    Hoping it doesn't eat your home and taking action so it doesn't eat your home are two different things. Fix it and the problem will be solved. I know it's a huge bummer, but it sounds like it's your responsibility. Suck it up......
  • by me on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    call FEMA!!

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