sink holes

By: carolinagal , 2:40 AM GMT on January 16, 2012

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According to the directory, it has been 130 days since my last blog. It's taken me 15 days to get my "new years blog" and if I don't hurry up and say "happy new year" to you all - it will soon be February, or even 2013.

I live in a small town, and the end-of-year-in-review newspaper articles are usually the same stuff each year..... This year, however, the top story was/is the occurance of sinkholes.

In September (?), the first sink hole was in a parking lot for a small shopping center. The area was roped off, but business continued as usual. That is until one night (middle of the night) one corner of the shopping center collapsed into another sink hole.

Immediately it was blamed on the current construction/drainage project that has been going on for months..... which includes pumping water out of the underground. Everyone has been way too busy blaming others (city, state, construction engineers, dept. of transportation, etc.) that little has been done to solve the problem.

I understand that some areas are more prone to sink holes, but it's a new experience for folks here. I guess ya'll know that a separate insurance policy is required to cover sink hole damage?

So now this shopping center has closed. Quite a few smaller sinkholes have been discoverd (and repaired?) on the streets. (Do you repair sink holes by covering them up?)

A local bank is closed..... related cracks in the building and determination that the building is unsafe. A mobile (disaster unit) bank was brought in after a few days and now they have added a more permanent mobile home type stucture. A dry cleaning business has closed for the same reason. Two buildings that were vacate - (economy here had already closed many businesses.) are also determined to have some structural damage.

These buildings are in the same general area, but not directly together. There are businesses that are in between that appear to be untouched.... hoping it stays that way.





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16. sandiquiz
9:02 AM GMT on May 01, 2012
Morning Caro- Happy May the first!



I do hope all is going well with you - I know you have a busy schedule this year, what with one thing and another!

Take care :)
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15. sandiquiz
10:50 AM GMT on April 22, 2012


Happy Earth Day from the middle of England:)

Hope all is going well.... :)
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14. sandiquiz
7:36 AM GMT on April 08, 2012


Easter Prayer

May all happiness be yours,
Your troubles fade away,
And only gladness reign within
Your heart, this Easter Day.

Anon


HELLO !!!
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13. seflagamma
3:37 PM GMT on March 17, 2012
Hello Carolina,

Happy St Patti's Day to YOU!

Rainbow image
St Patricks Day Graphics
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12. sandiquiz
7:26 AM GMT on March 17, 2012
..............

Hope all is going well with your new venture:)
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11. sandiquiz
10:37 AM GMT on February 01, 2012


Caro - Wishing you a very Happy Month of February :)
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10. seflagamma
10:44 PM GMT on January 20, 2012
I tried Google Chrome at home once for a while but it did not work well for me either and I was back to IE...

I must try it again everyone tells me it is so much better than IE..

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9. seflagamma
10:43 PM GMT on January 20, 2012
Hi Carolina,
Happy New Year to you!

WOW we've had a lot of sink holes especially in the central part of the state..
they are scary because no one knows they are coming..

Take care!!
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8. carolinagal
11:47 AM GMT on January 20, 2012
hello, wab. It's a few miles from my house. The sink holes are in the downtown/historic/business district.
Thanks for stopping by.
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7. whitewabit (Mod)
10:46 PM GMT on January 19, 2012
Carolina ... hope your not near where the sink holes are popping open ...
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6. carolinagal
8:38 PM GMT on January 19, 2012
Sandi, the answer is yes, no, yes, and now no again.

I've cleared my cache and logged out/in, but it's not making a difference this time. I'm thinking maybe I need to remove the weather banner - it has been copied and pasted for years. Something to figure out.
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5. sandiquiz
7:42 AM GMT on January 19, 2012
Are you still able to use Chrome?

Happy Thursday!!
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4. carolinagal
8:07 PM GMT on January 16, 2012
Miss N, Aw. Can't blame Mr. P for these, this time.

Bug, it was on the Charleston news early that morning when the building fell. There was a flurry of media for a few days after that, but none since.
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3. MissNadia
5:17 PM GMT on January 16, 2012
Hi,
Are you anywhere near Mr. P. Timmons... he is always digging himself into holes!... LOL
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2. palmettobug53
4:15 PM GMT on January 16, 2012
Good heavens, Caro.

I'd no idea this was going on. I've seen nothing about this on the local news or in the paper. If there has been, I've missed it.

I also had no idea that you have to have 'sinkhole' insurance to pay for damages. Why would anyone have that unless they know they live in an area that is prone to sinkholes? I'll bet that was a rude awakening for local business owners.

I'm assuming this is mostly in the downtown area around Hwy 17, away from your house. Those underground acquifers can cover a very large area, though.

I do hope nothing like this happens here as a result of the Crosstown drainage project.

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1. carolinagal
2:44 AM GMT on January 16, 2012
Another mystery... I cannot access my own blog thru Google Chrome. I've been using Google chrome since I found that to be faster. I am able to see everyone else's blogs, but I have to use Internet Exp. to read my blog.. weird.
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