Sinkholes a mystery for Atlanta homeowner

by: Tony Thomas Updated:

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ATLANTA —

A southeast Atlanta homeowner is struggling to figure out why her backyard is sinking.

Lori Woroschuk said she first noticed sinkholes developing in her Hosea L. Williams Drive backyard last week.

Now, there are five holes in her backyard. Some of them are several feet deep and they keep coming.

The latest hole developed Saturday and Woroschuk says rains on Monday didn't help.

"These two holes enlarged this morning, just with the rain," she said.

Woroschuk said the sinkholes are not only swallowing up her lawn, but also her sense of security.

"I'm worried for my property, I'm worried for my animals," she said. I'm worried because I don't have a clue as to what's causing it."

Woroschuk placed a small fence around the area and used chairs to mark the sinkholes. She fears one of her dogs will fall into one of the holes.

The five holes form a perimeter around a depressed area covering almost half of her backyard.

City of Atlanta Watershed workers have come out to the property twice in the past few days. They tried to figure out what might be causing the sinkholes.

"It is not a broken sewer pipe or line issue, but we are still looking into whether it's a storm water line," said Watershed Spokesperson Glennis Curry.

Nobody has been able to take a look down the holes until Channel 2 Action News Reporter Tony Thomas attached a camera to a small pole and dropped it into one of the sinkholes. The recording didn't show any pipes or debris, but he also couldn't reach the bottom of the sinkhole either.

"My garage is not too far away. Thankfully the garage is before the house! Honestly I just want to cry," Woroschuk said.