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Sinkholes near U.S. 41 not a threat

Tony Holt Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:58 PM

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More rains came, but the sinkholes stretching along the east side of U.S. 41 aren't a threat to the highway, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Kris Carson, an FDOT spokeswoman, said the location north of Powell Road was checked at least twice and there was no indication of pending road damage.

"We checked this location again on (Aug. 28) and found no changes with respect to the roadway," said Carson. "This sinkhole is located approximately 90 feet away from the pavement and we do not anticipate any action on our part other than monitoring … unless something significantly changes within the right of way."

The agency's engineers took their first look at the sinkholes the week of Aug. 20, according to reports.

After returning a second time, they decided no grouting was needed underneath the road, said Carson.

During the past few months, three sinkholes have formed — one next to the other — on the 1-acre property at 4370 Broad St.

When Tropical Storm Debby drenched the area with more than 10 inches of rain on June 24, the property owned by Troy Fielder got flooded. His home was destroyed and he was displaced. Motorists helped him get out of the house and off his property safely. Hernando County Sheriff's deputies returned days later for his cats, according to reports.

Last month, Hurricane Isaac was threatening Hernando. The storm missed the area while it was still at tropical storm strength. It brought rain, but not as much as anticipated.

The sinkholes on Fielder's property did not get significantly worse after Isaac passed by, said Carson. (352) 544-5283

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