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Crews working to repair sinkhole on Powell County road

Road crews are working to repair a sinkhole that opened up along Church Street in Stanton.
Road crews are working to repair a sinkhole that opened up along Church Street in Stanton.(WKYT)
Published: Jan. 25, 2016 at 12:51 PM EST
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Road crews are working to repair part of a road that collapsed over the weekend.

Stanton mayor Dale Allen says the hole opened Saturday night when the ground beneath part of Church Street gave way.

According to repair crews, the collapse happened when a man was driving a backhoe onto a neighboring farm. The rear of the backhoe started to go into the sinkhole, but the driver used the rear arm to push himself out. He was able to drive away.

Road crews had to excavate all that dirt and then replace a sewage line. Now, they're filling the hole with gravel. They'll put permanent pavement down once it warms up.

Mayor Allen says that other than this sinkhole they haven't had any major issues as a result of this storm.

"We've had our fair share of water. Sixth wettest December according to your newscast. The problems show up and we fix 'em," said Mayor Allen.