A huge sinkhole opened at Union County in Maynardville on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. With an estimated depth of 25 feet and a width of 40 feet, the hole was caused by heavy rains and prompted the water treatment plant in the area to shut down.
The massive sinkhole appeared in the land owned by Wayne Davis. He said he had seen sinkholes in the area before but not as big as the latest one. According to the leaders in Maynardville, the hole may not be blocking any roads, but it’s affecting the water supply in the city. The city gets its water from a spring that is also located in Davis’ property. With the formation of the sinkhole, mud reached the water and the treatment plant, which treats 425,000 gallons of water a day. Mayor Marty Smith said when the muddy water reached the plant, it closed down automatically.
One of the workers in the facility said the water was too dirty to be filtered out, that’s why they couldn’t operate. Smith said when it comes to water consumption, they use reserve water. The Northeast Knox Utility District is also helping the city to keep the water supply adequate.
Smith added that they would work with Davis to fix the hole, though they are not yet sure when things will go back to normal.
To find out more about nearby sinkholes in Union County, check this Union County sinkhole map.