Sinkhole opens up in West Knox County family’s front yard

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A sinkhole opened up in one West Knox County family’s front yard off Hickory Creek Road. Carrie Abernathy told WATE 6 On Your Side that it’s around 13 feet deep.

One of Abernathy’s neighbors came over to tell her about it and she was shocked when she saw the sinkhole.

“It’s scary because of the kids, the dogs, you know, mainly the kids and my house,” Abernathy said.

She has three kids and worries because they like to play outside often. She has warned them to stay away from the sinkhole until the problem is fixed.

“It’s a lot deeper than what I thought it was,” Abernathy said.

One of the biggest concerns the family has if it rains again and the sinkhole becomes bigger.

“This is our home. Yeah, we have family, but they’re an hour away, so, it would be an upheaval if anything happened to our home,” Abernathy said.

This is the first time Abernathy has ever seen a sinkhole on her property. Neighbors told her there was one before she moved into the home in 2009 and that has her nervous.

“If it happened once and obviously a second time, my concern is that it’s going to continue to happen,” Abernathy said.

Abernathy is also worried a pile of wood next to the sinkhole could make the problem even worse. She’s contacted her landlord in hopes of getting the sinkhole filled and they plan to address the issue in the next few days.

 

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