A sizeable sinkhole that started as a slight dip in a resident’s front yard has grown so big that it swallowed the local authority’s machinery that arrived to fix it. Residents in Toco Hills, Georgia, say the monster hole has been growing since December and has now spread to the neighboring property, with a new sinkhole apparently forming right across the street.
… The exact size and depth of the hole has not been measured, but so far it has swallowed a mailbox and the backhoe digger sent by the county to repair it. The estimated cost of fixing the hole is almost $200,000. Residents Gene and Amanda Hammett have been told the issue was caused by a collapsed pipeline running beneath the road. The infrastructure is around 60 years old; apparently it only has a 30-year lifespan.