Rains bring a dozen new potholes, road projects

Rains bring a dozen new potholes, road projects

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on July 2, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 6:01 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Heavy rains are causing sinkholes and damaging roads in low-lying areas.

About a dozen sinkholes popped up over the last couple days, including spots in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Stanly Counties.

The NCDOT says it could be weeks before they are repaired.  More rain will slow the repair process because engineers need the water to recede to get a good, safe look at the damage.

 In the meantime, drivers will have to get used to u-turns and road blocks.

"Home isn't going to be what home was when you left."

That's what friends told Franki and Maddi Nisi on their return trip from New Jersey to their home in Huntersville.

They drove around and found their main paths around town to run errands and visit friends are blocked.

There is a sinkhole in Bud Henderson Road.

Monday night it was sagging asphalt with markers around it.  Tuesday morning it was a six foot deep hole in front of Sonny Eddins' house.

"I'm not an engineer, but it looks like there's going to be some problems," Eddins said.

At Gilead Road near McCoy road, the road is sagging because a pipe failed.  

"You would bottom out, something bad would happen, you would be in the creek," Maddi Nisi said.

We found several of those, including on John White Road in Cabarrus County where a pipe failed and washed away the shoulder and asphalt.

There is a similar situation on Walker Road in Cabarrus County, where it carved a 15 foot deep hole and prompted a spray-painted warning sign.

Harris Road by the Skybrook neighborhood in Cabarrus County is closed after washing out too.

"It's going to be a major inconvenience," Maddi Nisi said.

It's an inconvenience drivers should get used to for at least a couple of weeks.

Now, those mother and daughter trips around town involve more time and U-turns.

"You're looking at probably ten minutes just out of our way just to say hi, let alone the people that live there and have to do this 3-4 times a day, especially with kids, getting dropped off at daycares, parents that have to get home for certain events," Nisi said.

So far, no one has driven into the sinkholes.

The NCDOT is asking drivers not to move barriers, or drive past them.

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