Minimal Sinkhole Risk In the Lowcountry - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Minimal Sinkhole Risk In the Lowcountry

Posted: Updated:
Port Royal, SC -

As the nation and professional workers on site watched helplessly, a sinkhole swallowed a Florida man and part of his home late last week. 

A scary scene that makes people wonder--could it happen here? 

 

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Geologist Will Doar tests areas along the Palmetto State coastline, and showed a sinkhole in Port Royal that's been deflating for hundreds of years.

 

"And the whole area is just slowly dropping and the swamp is trying to fill it up," Doar said. "And if you look around here you'll probably find where people have put stuff over the centuries trying to fill it in, but it kind of stays.  Because the amount of dropping is balanced by the amount of swamp filling it back up."

 

In simple terms, Doar says we don't have reason to fear a sight like the one in Florida where the floor-- or "roof" of the hole-- drops out suddenly. 

 

There are two types of sinkholes, he says-- catastrophic ones that rapidly cave, and one that sink so slowly there's no danger.

 

"The limestone we have in this area don't have that roof, don't have that hard thing on top, so if the limestone does dissolve, everything on top just slowly falls in. I use the analogy of deflating an air mattress. It just all sort of sinks at the same time instead of suddenly falling in," Doar said.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Dogs Kill Man Out for an Evening Jog

    Dogs Kill Man Out for an Evening Jog

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:36:28 GMT
    (WDIV) A 46-year-old man has died after being attacked by dogs while he was on a run Wednesday evening in Metamora, Michigan.Police said Craig Sytsma, of Livonia, was running when two 3-year-old cane corsos attacked him.Sytsma died from his injuries at a hospital.Police said the dogs, which are being held by animal control, have been involved in previous bite cases.Read more: http://bit.ly/1l16ze7
    (WDIV) A 46-year-old man has died after being attacked by dogs while he was on a run Wednesday evening in Metamora, Michigan.Police said Craig Sytsma, of Livonia, was running when two 3-year-old cane corsos attacked him.Sytsma died from his injuries at a hospital.Police said the dogs, which are being held by animal control, have been involved in previous bite cases.Read more: http://bit.ly/1l16ze7
  • Sheriff's Office showcases "Faces of Meth" program as a lesson to all

    Sheriff's Office showcases "Faces of Meth" program as a lesson to all

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:33:26 GMT
    Faces of Meth™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. This project began when a deputy in the Corrections Division Classification Unit, Deputy Bret King, put together mug shots of persons booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Deputy King worked with his co-workers in the Classification Unit to identify people who had been in custody more than once. He then worked to verify criminal records and files to determine and assure a history of methamphetamine re...
    Faces of Meth™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. This project began when a deputy in the Corrections Division Classification Unit, Deputy Bret King, put together mug shots of persons booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Deputy King worked with his co-workers in the Classification Unit to identify people who had been in custody more than once. He then worked to verify criminal records and files to determine and assure a history of methamphetamine re...
  • 'Creepy' dolls had innocent explanation

    'Creepy' dolls had innocent explanation

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-07-25 11:48:49 GMT
    This image, date not known, provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department shows one of several dolls that have been found left on doorsteps in the last week in San Clemente, Calif.This image, date not known, provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department shows one of several dolls that have been found left on doorsteps in the last week in San Clemente, Calif.
    Authorities say the person who left on doorsteps porcelain dolls that resembled real children didn't mean any harm.
    Authorities say the person who left on doorsteps porcelain dolls that resembled real children didn't mean any harm.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.