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Dawson County sinkhole growing after rain showers

POSTED: May 29, 2013 12:36 a.m.

A sinkhole near Ga. 400 that nearly doubled in size after last week’s torrential rain showers has led to Dawson County declaring a local emergency.

The declaration allows the county to fast-track the bidding process by recognizing the repairs of the sinkhole on North Georgia Avenue, a private road that runs south from Industrial Park Road to North Georgia Premium Outlets, as an emergency.

County Attorney Joey Homans said delaying the repair to the sinkhole could lead to additional issues.

“It has the potential to drag utility lines into the ground if not repaired quickly,” he said. “We need to go repair the sinkhole and we just don’t have the time to do the normal bid.”

County officials are working with the property owner and Etowah Water and Sewer Authority on the project and to determine which party will be responsible for the repairs.

“We are continuing to review other property owners who may have some responsibility for helping pay the cost. We’ll also be contacting the various insurances that are available to us to help recoup any part of that cost that we can,” Homans said.

The more pressing issue, he added, is to stabilize the area “so we don’t wind up with damage to private property or somebody getting hurt as a result of the washes.”

Hall County, which declared a local emergency soon after the flooding, has requested $814,000 in assistance from the Georgia Department of Transportation for repairs to Trudy Road, Cove Creek Trail, Stephens Road and Malibu Ridge. DOT district spokeswoman Teri Pope said.

Oakwood has requested $427,000 for a culvert replacement on McEver Road at Mud Creek, and Flowery Branch has requested $381,000 for a culvert replacement on Cantrell Road at Spring Street, Pope said.

DOT Commissioner Keith Golden will consider using the state’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant emergency fund to approve the requests, she added.


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