School Near Sinkhole To Reopen As Questions Remain

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DAISETTA, Texas (AP) - People near a monstrous sinkhole that
formed nearly three months ago in Daisetta still don't know if more
ground beneath their homes, businesses and schools could collapse.
But officials believe the situation is safe enough to allow a
high school near the sinkhole to open when classes resume later
this month.
Preliminary test results to measure the pull of gravity on the
ground along a one-quarter mile strip in front of the high school
needs a closer look.
The Liberty County town sits atop an underground salt dome that
once was surrounded by hundreds of oil wells.
The sinkhole began May 7 as a crack and grew as wide as two
football fields. It has filled with water and turned into a lake.
Daisetta Mayor Lynn Wells wants a more definitive answer about
the sinkhole.
The Texas Department of Transportation plans to monitor the road
for six months before it considers reopening it.


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