Cause of sinkholes in Georgetown remain a mystery

GEORGETOWN, SC (AP) - Officials are still working to determine the cause of sinkholes that opened up in Georgetown last month, including one that forced several businesses to close their doors.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that city and state officials are relieved that no major sinkhole has opened since that one.

But they still aren't sure what may have caused them. Since the large sinkhole swallowed part of a business complex in November, to smaller ones have appeared, but haven't caused any damage.

Georgetown City Administrator Chris Eldridge says the state Department of Transportation is studying the problem. One possibility being studied is that the sinkholes are related to an underground creek bed.

Some of the businesses displaced by the sinkhole are hoping to reopen in new locations.

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