The Times West Virginian

September 4, 2013

Storm causes minor damage throughout county

Fallen trees, sinkhole reported following wind and heavy rain

By Colleen S. Good
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — A thunderstorm blew through the Marion County area Monday at about 8 p.m., causing what 911 dispatchers described as minor damage with trees and power lines reported down throughout the area.

In Worthington, however, some residents noticed that following the storm, a sinkhole had formed under the concrete stoop outside their house. The hole, shaped like an upside-down funnel, is roughly football shaped at the surface, and about two feet by three feet at its deepest point 10 feet underground.

Mike Roncone, Marion County highway administrator for the West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways, said the sinkhole, located at 225 Main St., will not pose any danger to motorists, and traffic will not have to be diverted.

“The only people in really any type of danger from it are the people who live right there, because the sinkhole is right by the stoop of the steps of their house,” Roncone said.

Roncone said the DOH is still investigating the cause of the sinkhole and what future action may be necessary.

While the rain Monday night may have made the sinkhole visible on the surface, the higher-than-average rainfall the community has seen this year “hasn’t helped,” Roncone said.


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