Sinkhole threat added to rain’s toll

9:44 am | August 19, 2013

Hundreds of Carter County residents have felt the effects of this year’s unusually high level of rainfall.Photo by Brandon Hicks

Businesses, roads and private residences have been damaged by flooding brought by the parade of storms.

But the rain has also victimized another part of the county, one that may be more overlooked than others – the ground itself.

On Tuesday, the Elizabethton/Carter County Emergency Management Agency responded to a report of a sinkhole opening on the property of a resident of the Siam community.

Though the sinkhole spanned approximately 10 feet and sunk at approximately 10 feet, no one was injured, and no property was damaged. After arriving on the scene, EMA Director Andrew Worley saw that the resident had already taken steps to insure that wouldn’t happen.

“The homeowner had gone ahead and taken some precautionary measures and created a barrier so nobody would fall into the sinkhole,” Worley said. “The ground had sunken in, and the grass had fallen in, and you could see the sides of the sinkhole fairly well. It was typical of what you’d expect to see with a sinkhole.”

The Siam sinkhole is only the most recent to plague Northeast Tennessee.

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