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Lowndes County Road Remains Closed From Sinkhole

Shiloh Road Sinkhole
Posted at 1:41 PM, Aug 05, 2015

LOWNDES CO., (WTXL) - Shiloh Road at Franks Creek will remain closed over the next several days says Lowndes County Engineer Mike Fletcher.

Lowndes County Clerk Paige Dukes says citizens will need to take the usual detour.

The closure is due to a sinkhole that happened Tuesday night.

Dukes says this morning Fletcher, engineering staff and Lowndes County officials met at the sinkhole on Shiloh Road to evaluate changes that occurred during the night.  She says the site does not appear to be deteriorating as quickly as it did yesterday evening, but the area remains active.

During the closure Fletcher says geologists will survey the area and try to find a safe perimeter.  If the road and associated right of way is determined to be unaffected by the sinkhole, Shiloh Road will reopen immediately.  Dukes adds if the roadway does not meet required standards, Lowndes County Engineering will then recommend a course of action for the Board of Commissioners.

Dukes reminds citizens that largest part of this event is on private property and to be respectful of private property owners. She also advises people to not visit the area or take photos since sinkholes are unpredictable and dangerous

While local governments cannot legally expend resources on private property, Dukes says sinkholes should be reported to the Lowndes County Engineering Department, 229-671-2424, during normal business hours or by dialing 911 in the event of an after hours emergency.  Lowndes County Engineering can provide information related to soil conditions in Lowndes County.  For more information on sinkholes, please visit ., http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2007/3060/pdf/FS2007-3060.pdf.