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New Details Released on Martins Ferry Sinkhole

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Crews have been to the site twice already to perform Geo Technical Drilling to find out just how deep the hole is.

Officials say the same crew will be back to do a third round of drilling to finalize all the measurements in the next few weeks.

They are estimating the repairs to cost $600,000 but will have a definite number once the measurements are finalized.

Martins Ferry Service Director Chris Cleary said this area never should have had houses built there in the first place.

“We were told years ago when the city was looking to expand in that area that if you look at the historical documentation of the map, you can see that it’s a natural drainage area for that hill. So many of the house built at that time were built at an area where the draining would take place,” said Cleary.

Cleary said the houses were allowed to be built many years ago, because zoning laws weren’t as strict.

He also said they should have funding finalized in the next 30 to 90 days.

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