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Cape Getting Ahead of Sinkhole Problem

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Cape Girardeau officials believe they're finally getting a grip on the sinkhole problem that has plagued the southeast Missouri community for months.

Part of Sprigg Street has been closed to through traffic since January.  But it could be reopened by Friday after work to shore up the banks of a creek is complete.

More than 20 sinkholes have opened up in the past year.  The city, private businesses, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources have all played a role in trying to understand the problem.  No one has a firm answer about the cause.

The repairs to Sprigg Street have included removing fill material put in place to raise the roadbed following the 1993 flood, material that had deteriorated badly.

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