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7/10/05-Smith County

Sinkhole A Mystery To Geologist, TX-DOT Says

An update tonight on the giant sinkhole in Smith County.

TX-DOT tells KLTV the geologist it hired could not figure out what caused the sinkhole, but came up with some possibilities, including shifting sand or salt underground. Officials are still not commenting on whether the nearby oil drilling rig played any part.

TX-DOT says the hole has not grown since Thursday, when it remained at 105 feet wide.

They hope to hire a new geologist tomorrow, who they say should be able to determine a cause by the end of the month. Repairing the sinkhole should begin shortly after that.

Julie Tam, reporting.  jtam@kltv.com

 

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