Sinkhole in Hoxie may take a few days to fix

Published: Jul. 9, 2015 at 8:39 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 10, 2015 at 12:43 PM CDT
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A very large sinkhole in one Region 8 town has a city street at a standstill.

On Friday, July 3, a citizen noticed a small hole in the ground at the intersection of Southwest Broad Street and Southwest Gibson in Hoxie. 

It was reported to the city, and once the city investigated, the small hole appeared to be a much bigger problem. 

Mayor Lanny Tinker said the initial problem was a man hole in the ground that was 65 years old. 
It was falling apart which was causing dirt under the asphalt to drain out and of course all of the rain the past few months hasn't helped, Tinker said. 

The city started work on the sinkhole immediately Monday morning after the holiday weekend. 

"Even though it's a costly repair, we are probably looking at something in the neighborhood of $30,000," Tinker said. "Judge Dale Freeman, county judge, has been extremely helpful." 

Tinker said the county has provided a lot of large equipment which the city simply didn't have. 

A project this size takes a lot of hours and a lot of equipment, he said.  

Gravel was delivered on Wednesday which will be used to fill the 16-feet deep hole.  

Tinker commended his crews for how hard they've worked. He said every city department has stepped up.

No one has been without water or sewage access since this incident, but Tinker said it will be few more days before the road is back open. 

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