Sinkhole grows larger in Georgetown office park

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - Parking spots in front of Lindy Swails' insurance company are on the verge of being swallowed. A sinkhole, already three feet lower than other areas of the parking lot, is spreading to an office building that's home to his company and five others in the heart of Georgetown.

"It just happened all the sudden overnight," says Swails.

The business owner says early Saturday morning he noticed a dip outside of his front door. 24 hours later, the sinkhole had gotten much worse.

"I walked in the office," says Swails, "and I noticed the walls cracking and the doors buckling. The doors were jammed so bad I couldn't hardly get in."

And Swails isn't the only one concerned with how this will affect his workspace.

"The cracks on the building really concern me," says Denise Day, who works on the other side of the complex.

Day, Swails and other business owners have been making back up plans just in case the sinkhole opens. A possibility Swails believes is just around the corner.

"It's progressively getting worse," says the Insurance broker.

Less than two blocks away, the South Carolina Department of Transportation is working on an $11 million drainage project where they're digging deep to lay larger piping to help the area when it rains.

Project managers wouldn't comment on the sinkhole or if it may be linked to the work they're completing.

"I've never seen anything like this," says Day, looking on in disbelief. "It's pretty big to look at on the surface and you wonder how big it is underneath that."

City officials will soon have an engineer inspect the area to find out exactly what caused the formation of the sinkhole but in the meantime they're monitoring it's growth every few hours.

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