Sinkholes Causing Problems In Three Communities

Jun 26, 2014

Sinkholes are causing problems in at least three Ohio communities. Jim Letizia reports. 

Six Muskingum County families were forced from their homes Wednesday after a second sinkhole opened atop the abandoned Jonathan coal mine in the community of White Cottage. Ohio Department of Natural Resources workers have been in the area since a sinkhole opened there earlier this month. The agency says it plans to build a barrier to protect people from wandering into the hole. It is not clear how long the families will be displaced.

Kling and Rankin streets in Akron are closed as maintenance crews inspect a sinkhole measuring 20 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 12 feet deep. The cause of the sinkhole is under investigation.

And Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District authorities say repairs have begun on a sinkhole that opened beneath a Metro bus last week. No injuries were reported and repairs could take a month to complete.  The sinkhole is at least 15 feet deep and 15 feet wide. The cause of that sinkhole is also under investigation.