Sinkhole Forces Greer Residents Out Of Apartment Building - WSPA.com

Sinkhole Forces Greer Residents Out Of Apartment Building

Posted: Updated:
Twelve families are out of their homes in an apartment complex in Greer after a sinkhole was discovered Monday evening. Twelve families are out of their homes in an apartment complex in Greer after a sinkhole was discovered Monday evening.
GREER, S.C. -

About a dozen families had to evacuate after a sinkhole was discovered behind their Greer apartment building Monday evening.

A resident said people living in one building at Legacy Crescent Park apartments off Wade Hampton Boulevard and Suber Road were told to evacuate at 6 p.m. The residents were given four hours to leave because of the sinkhole in the back of the building above a retention pond.

It's believed heavy rain over the weekend caused the sinkhole.

A resident said she was told engineers are expected to inspect the sinkhole and any damage.

Two weeks ago, rain also caused a sinkhole to open up at a gas station on Haywood Road, swallowing a sign.

Furman University Earth and Environmental Sciences Prof. Bill Ranson said to be prepared to see more sinkholes as the upstate continues to urbanize.

"We see that flash flooding has become more prone because all the water is now directed directly into rivers like the Reedy River or the Enoree because there's so much impermeable pavement and roof space," said Ranson.

He said there are warning signs you can look for around your home that a sinkhole might open up.

"Where you see cracks in foundations or pavement, or if they're in their yard and they see places where there's a small depression forming, all of those would be signs that material is being washed out underground,” said Ranson.

Ranson said if you think you may have a sinkhole on your property, have an environmental engineer come check it out.

But if you think insurance is going to help you in case of a sinkhole, insurance agent Dante Russo said you might be in the hole.

Unlike some states like Florida, insurance companies are not required to offer sinkhole coverage in South Carolina, so most of them don't.

"There are some things you just can't get insurance for, like nuclear warfare. If nuclear warfare were to happen, they're excluded on all homeowner’s policies. So it falls in that category. As of right now, there's unfortunately not much available," said Russo.

7 On Your Side has reached out to Legacy Crescent Park apartments multiple times to get more information on what's next for those evacuated. They have not returned our calls.

Related:

24/7 Weather

Jenna Troum
Jenna is a general assignment reporter covering Greenville, Pickens and Laurens Counties.
  • Most Viewed Stories on WSPA.com

Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.