Seismologists Reveal Preliminary Data On Sinkhole Study

A sinkhole in Smith County may have once been the site of a lake. That word from a seismologist running tests on the sinkhole, which first appeared on FM 724 at the end of June. The hole measures between 90 and 100 feet wide and has not grown significantly lately. TX DOT officials say they're waiting on final results from experts to figure out what their next step will be.

"The soil here is unconsolidated, which means it's compacted and firm like we'd like it to be and there's no indication yet as to whether we can rebuild on this road or what our capabilities will be once we have all the data," says Larry Kranz, with the Texas Department of Transportation.  TX DOT hopes to hold a meeting soon to get final results from testing done at the site.  Officials estimate the tab on the testing and drilling at the site to be at $450,000 dollars.

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.