Tue., March 5, 2013 11:05am (EST)

Beware Georgia Sinkholes
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

ALBANY, Ga.  —  
Engineers and public works officials in south Georgia say recent rains could lead to sinkholes forming in the area. 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. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/5144180920/>Judy Baxter via Flickr</a>.)
Engineers and public works officials in south Georgia say recent rains could lead to sinkholes forming in the area. 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. (Photo Courtesy of Judy Baxter via Flickr.)
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.