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Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 7:05am

Beware Georgia Sinkholes

Engineers and public works officials in south Georgia say recent rains could lead to sinkholes forming in the area.

Michael McNeal, a local engineer, told WALB-TV that Dougherty County residents should expect sinkholes in the region in the coming weeks since the soil sits atop limestone — which deteriorates and collapses after heavy rain saturates it.

Albany Public Works Sewer Superintendent Ann Zimmer-Shepherd says the city has received several calls from residents nervous about the stability of their homes after a sinkhole formed beneath a Florida man's house and killed him when he — and his bedroom — were sucked beneath the house.

McNeal says there is no need to panic, and sinkholes in south Georgia are typically not that deep.