Sinkhole at Spring River continues to grow, official says

Sinkhole at Spring River continues to grow, official says

FULTON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A sinkhole in the Spring River in Fulton County where a man was killed earlier this month presents major safety issues as officials continue to work on a solution to the issue.

According to a report from Little Rock television station KATV, Arkansas Land Commissioner John Thurston met with several people Thursday at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission offices in Little Rock on the matter. He told the gathering that the sinkhole is growing, and that presents immediate problems.

Thurston said several agencies are working on the issue and will attempt to "address both the immediate safety concerns and whether a long-term solution exists to avoid this issue in the future."

Thurston also said the state land commissioner's office is involved with the issue due to the state owning the riverbed in the area.

Here is Thurston's full statement:

This matter is of the utmost importance and urgency, as evidenced by the very tragic loss of life recently. The matter is compounded by the anticipated increase of traffic due to the upcoming holiday. Our office has coordinated, and will continue to coordinate, with stakeholders to evaluate the present condition of the river and to address both the immediate safety concerns and whether a long-term solution exists to avoid this issue in the future.

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