Massive hole swallowing gas station could grow as rain continues

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A Gwinnett County gas station is falling into a massive hole.

Channel 2 Action News obtained video of the building collapsing into the hole along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

VIDEO: Part of Gwinnett County building collapses

The rain caused part of this Gwinnett County building to collapse from a wash-out that has gotten even worse this week. It's going to continue for several days and a Flash Flood Watch goes into effect tomorrow.

Posted by WSB-TV on Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Wee Willy's gas station started collapsing back in May, and the county condemned it.

Now, recent rain has made the hole worse.

Channel 2's Justin Wilfon visited the gas station Thursday. He said more of it could fall at any time, especially with more rain expected Thursday night.

A lot of what’s left of the gas station is now just barely hanging on.


“It’s really, really big. I wasn’t expecting it to be that big.  And especially, the side of the store, everything coming out of it I just wasn’t expecting it.  It’s kind of crazy,” Jessiva Nettles said.

Nettles stopped with her kids at the intersection of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Little Mill Road to look at the massive hole.

"This is close to Peachtree Industrial. Concerned about that," Nettles said.

The hole grew in size with the recent rain. All of it was apparently caused by a creek that runs underneath the gas station parking lot.

"I've just been seeing the hole in the back get bigger and bigger," Nettles said.

Wilfon tracked down an attorney for the city of Buford, who is working to get the mess cleaned up.

He told him the property was foreclosed on just last month, but the new owner already assured the city the hole will be fixed and the building knocked down soon.

People like Nettles want the eyesore and potential hazard out of their community.

"Something like this happens in the community, you're kind of concerned about it," Nettles said.

The hole is just feet away from two roads at an intersection, but the city assured Channel 2 Action News the roads are safe.