Thursday, 28 January 2016

Massive sinkhole in Weatherford continues to grow


A sinkhole in downtown Weatherford has now grown to 110 feet long and 60 feet wide.
In today's paper, reporter Andrew Knittle writes about how the city commission has finally reached a settlement with the owners of the land. The sinkhole first appeared in spring 2015.
City Commissioner Warren Goldmann, a longtime local businessman, toldThe Oklahoman on Tuesday city officials cannot yet disclose financial details related to the deal, but he did say the city of Weatherford may become the new owner of the property marred by the massive sinkhole.
“It's been growing,” the commissioner said. “The hole's been growing, elongating. We really don't know at this point how much of the property is undermined."
Goldmann said the sinkhole is now about 110 feet long and 60 feet wide. It's already swallowed up chunks of concrete, light poles and anything else that may have been carried by floodwaters and rain runoff into the opening.