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Possible sinkhole closes Suwannee Courthouse

2:09 PM, Jun 28, 2012   |    comments
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LIVE OAK, Fla. -- Suwannee County Emergency Management has closed the Suwannee County Courthouse due to the possibility of a sinkhole forming.

A shift occurred in the downtown area near  around 1 a.m. Wednesday behind the courthouse and several businesses along US 90.

The shift caused about an eight inch drop at the lowest spot on those buildings.

When the drop happened a man was sitting in his business and felt the shift.  He reported the drop to authorities.

Geological teams are now out surveying the shift.  The teams are drilling to find the dangerous areas and to determine is a further shift is possible.  The drilling will show them if the drop is the result of a full blown sinkhole underneath the ground.  Suwannee County Emergency Management believes there will be more shifting.

There is no standing water in the area any longer, which emergency officials believe could be the cause of the possible sinkhole.

If it is a full-blown sinkhole it could be anywhere from one to three feet deep.  It could also be as deep as 20 feet.

Regardless of how deep the sinkhole is or if the shifting has stopped, the business are going to be impacted.  Suwannee County Emergency Management said it appears they will have to be condemned.  What remains to be seen is if they will need to be torn down or if nature takes them down on its own.

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