Massive sinkhole attracts on-lookers in Asheville

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – A sinkhole has caused quite a stir in Asheville.

No injuries have been reported, but people are stopping by every day to see it with their own eyes.

It’s located in a parking lot off Merrimon Avenue.

Now, the property owners are urging people to stop showing up to see the sinkhole. They said their first priority is safety.

Norma Amron, one of the many Asheville residents who wanted to see the sinkhole, said she stopped by for a selfie with the sinkhole.

“My heart is racing just to be in the presence of such a gaping hole,” Amron said.  

In a statement to 7News, the property owners said they have not been able to confirm how the sinkhole happened. They suspect a corroded storm-water pipe invert led to scouring of the soil around the pipe, creating the sinkhole. 

The property owners are working with engineers and contractors to fix the problem. They are also working to stabilize and repair the storm-water culvert.

Dru Peek works at Waggers Dog Depot near the sinkhole. He said he has seen many people stopping to look at the sinkhole.

“They don’t realize actually how dangerous it could be because at any point that asphalt underneath could just fall and they could fall in,” Peek said. 

Peek said the sink hole has gotten bigger since he noticed it days ago.

There is currently no business that is using the building on the property and the entire parking lot has been closed off to visitors. There is a barricade that is blocking it off from the street.

The property owners told 7News they hope to have a solution in place to begin repairs as soon as possible. The repairs are expected to take a few weeks to complete.

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