Franklin County sinkhole raises concerns with citizens

Published: May. 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM CDT
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A sink hole in Franklin County raised concerns with residents.
A sink hole in Franklin County raised concerns with residents.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Franklin County citizens expressed concern over a growing sinkhole in a residential area.

James Thomas said that every time it rains, the sinkhole grows and he loses property. It's a dangerous hazard for his nieces and nephews as well. Thomas said he's attempted to build a dam to stop the water but nothing seems to work.

"Several years we've been after the county to fix the ditch and to clean the culvert," said Thomas.

When asked about the situation, county highway department workers said the papers got lost in the shuffle, but now the departments is working with Thomas to fix it.

"We talked to him about it told him we could help him out with it, unstop the pipe and repair some of those areas adjacent to it that has the erosion issues," said David Palmer, Franklin County engineer.

Palmer said even though the county is short handed and just now getting back on their feet since the April 27 storms, they are committed to serving the county.

"We're going to do all we can to offer them the best possible service with what we have to work with," he said.

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