DeKalb residents displaced after sinkhole opens up feet away from home

A DeKalb County home was vacated after a large sinkhole opened up just feet behind it this week.

Work crews responded to the home on Wellborn Trail near Lithonia on Tuesday after homeowner Kimberly Mahoney saw the house’s master bedroom at risk of falling into the hole, Channel 2 Action News reported. The one beam that supports the corner of the home is especially close to the sinkhole.

“I had no clue that it was anything like this. When I got here yesterday, I fainted,” Mahoney told the new station.

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The sinkhole is located near a stormwater pipe, DeKalb County said in a statement to Channel 2.

“The property was inspected and placed at the top of an emergency repair list,” the statement said.

Repairs are scheduled to begin next week, weather permitting. But Mahoney is worried rain over the weekend could worsen the situation.

“I just want it fixed. I just want it safe,” she said. Her tenants are currently staying in a hotel.

The home is in the same neighborhood as another large sinkhole that opened up in January. A storm drainage pipe was also to blame for that sinkhole.

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