December 18, 2009 7 Comments
The National Reporter
What began as a small hole in the ground along side of a path in a wooded area next to a Virginia beach community has grown into a colossal bottomless pit.
A group of hikers discovered the hole four months ago and reported it to the parks department.
“It looked like it could be quite hazardous.” Frank Blakely, one of the hikers told us. “We were afraid some small children might come along and fall into it. It was deep as all hell, we dropped a few rocks into it and we never heard them hit bottom.”
The parks department closed off the hole with caution tape and a plastic mesh fence and had made plans to fill the hole in.
But two weeks later the ground around the hole in a one hundred foot radius began to sink.
Several witnesses were on hand as the ground collapsed opening up a very large crater that toppled trees.
“It was a frightening thing to watch.” Silvia Shelby told us. “we could see the ground begining to move downward slowly at first, then it just gave way and the ground opened up. Trees fell over and went down into the hole, rocks and boulders tumbled down. It was a terrifying spectical to watch.”
That was just the beginning of things to come.
In the following months the hole continued to grow in size and depth.
by the end of the first month the hole looked like an open stone quarry one would see in the mid-west.
Local residents were in fear of the hole growing even larger and demanded that something be done about it.
“How big are they going to let that thing get before they do something about it?” nearby resident, Gloria Loomis asked.
“That damned hole is only a half mile from by house, I’m scared to death!”
Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has sent surveyors out to the hole to measure its depth and width and secretary of state Hillary Clinton has been given 100 million dollars to form a study group to discuss the reactions of the local wildlife.
In the meantime the hole as grown larger each day.
Three months after the hikers came across the hole, it grew to over five hundred yards across.
Four months later, the hole has grown to enormous proportions.
At nearly a half mile wide and with no indication of how deep it is, the hole continues to grow each day.
It has expanded to the nearby rivers and created huge water falls on its ridge which are emptying the water at a dramatic rate.
The draw of water into the hole has caused a huge surge in sea water to travel up the river and at high tide the sound of water crashing over the newly formed falls is deafening.
Residents who live a mere few yards of the hole have been evacuated, and all they can do is stand by and watch helplessly as their homes tumble into the hole within the next few days.
The National Reporter went to the state capital to meet with Governor Tim Kaine to find out what he was going to do about the giant sink hole.
“There isn’t a lot we can do about it because our funds are very limited.” he told us. “It is possible to fill the hole in, but it would cost nearly 100 million dollars and the federal government refuse’s to throw that much money away on what they call, wasteful projects, since this hole is only effecting local residents in a small town.”
The National Reporter – So what is going to happen to the people who lose their homes in the next few weeks?
“They will have to make the best of their situation I’m afraid.”
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