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Oak Ridge sinkhole moves soccer games

April 23rd, 2013 8:38 pm by Bob Fowler, Knoxville News Sentinel

OAK RIDGE — A small sinkhole that was first noticed on the soccer field at Oak Ridge High School during a practice April 8 has grown into a large headache that caused three home games to be relocated and will cost the school system more than $40,000.

When the high school boys’ soccer coach, Jon Day, found the sinkhole on the Pro2Serve Soccer Complex field, it was about 18 inches wide and 4 feet deep, said Allen Thacker, supervisor of maintenance and operations for the Oak Ridge School System.

It grew to become 5 feet wide and 8 feet deep, with groundwater pouring in at a rate of 70 to 80 gallons a minute before returning to underground channels.

Crews with Blount Excavating were wrapping up that work Tuesday, and new sod will be put down on the field Friday, Thacker said. The field will be off limits for play for two weeks, prompting the two remaining home games to relocated to Blankenship Field.

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