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30-foot deep hole opens up in Cherokee Road near Casey Lane; motorists urged to avoid area

August 5th, 2013 4:26 pm by Staff report

30-foot deep hole opens up in Cherokee Road near Casey Lane; motorists urged to avoid area

TDOT personnel work to fill a 16+ foot deep sinkhole that opened up Monday afternoon in the middle of Cherokee Road/TN Highway 67 at the intersection of Cherokee Road and Casey Ln. (Tony Duncan/Johnson City Press)

A hole has opened up on Cherokee Road, near Casey Lane, according to a dispatcher with Washington County/Johnson City 911.

The hole is in the road and measures about eight feet wide and 30 feet deep.

A state highway department crew is on the scene as well as a Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Traffic was reportedly being rerouted through a nearby parking lot.

It was not immediately known if the road would need to be closed, though the dispatcher said it was best for motorists to avoid the area.

The hole was not reported to authorities until just before 4 p.m. today.

Heavy rains have been reported in that area recently.

A photographer is on the way to the scene, so keep checking JohnsonCityPress.com for more information as it becomes available.

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