Cavern discovered beneath Anniston road

ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) – More rain is not something people in East Alabama want to see.

They’re still dealing with the fallout from the heavy rains earlier in the month.

In Anniston, an old drainage pipe disintegrated over time, and all of the water flowing underground helped erode the dirt  and fill material supporting the roadway.

Members of the Public Works Department say it’s a miracle no drivers were injured when the road caved in.

The problem, though, is that most of the drainage pipes in Anniston are just as old as the one that disintegrated.

Smaller sinkholes have been popping up all over the city.

“We stuck out heads down there and found out the whole underneath was totally void of dirt,” Robert Dean, the city’s Public Works Director, said on Thursday.

The Anniston City Council voted to pay $85,000 in emergency funding to help repair the section of the pipe, but the whole pipe needs to be repaired.

That could cost upwards of $1 million.

The city has since applied for a state grant to help fund that project.

 

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