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Tarpon Springs road, park remain closed because of sinkholes

TARPON SPRINGS — City officials said Tuesday that S Disston Avenue remains closed to traffic after a massive sinkhole opened up in the road last week. It was unclear Tuesday when the road will reopen.

Two sinkholes opened in a family's back yard Thursday, forcing Nathaniel and Virginia Crawford to flee the home they've lived in for more than 50 years.

In addition, city workers and geological engineers were still evaluating the grounds of Dorsett Park, which has been closed since several ground depressions were discovered Friday. The park is about a block from the Crawford home.

"It has not yet been determined whether the events at the park are related to the sinkhole in the area of South Disston Avenue," a news release stated.

Engineers were testing the ball field area of the park on Tuesday, according to the statement. The park will remain closed until authorities determine what repairs need to be made.

Officials said they inspected the nearby Tarpon Springs Police Cops and Kids facility as a precaution and found it to be unaffected.

A final report on the sinkholes should be completed by week's end "regarding the cause of these incidents and the full extent of the necessary repairs," according to the news release.

Tarpon Springs road, park remain closed because of sinkholes 06/21/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:44pm]

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