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The sinkhole measures 33-feet long, 12 feet wide and 6 feet deep. (KIRO Radio Photo/Chris Sullivan)

Sinkhole opens up in Seattle's South Park neighborhood

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A sinkhole has opened up in South Seattle.

KIRO Radio reporter Chris Sullivan describes the pocket as "pretty sizable" so far. The sinkhole measures 33 feet long, 12 feet wide and 6 feet deep.

The sinkhole swallowed up the shoulder and part of one lane of the road at South 96th Street in Seattle's South Park neighborhood.

King County reports they were concerned about the condition of the road in July and sent a crew out to investigate the slumping roadway.

Workers dug down about eight feet in the area of the now-existing sinkhole to try and find the cause of the problem.

When crews didn't find an issue, they patched up the road, but it now appears the problem went deeper than eight feet.

Crews have ruled out issues with the sewer, water, gas and utility lines, and are still investigating the cause. South 96th Street has been closed in the area as the investigation continues.

The sinkhole is in a heavy industrial area that many large trucks frequently traffic.


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