South Georgia Officials Expecting Sinkholes After Rain

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- 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 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.

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