'Major' sinkhole closes road in Little River

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - A 14-foot sinkhole has closed the main entrance of a neighborhood in Little River Monday, according to Horry County spokeswoman Kelly Brosky.

Residents are being advised that Heather Lakes Drive will be undergoing emergency repairs after the formation of the sinkhole adjacent to the road. The sinkhole, Brosky said, will require an excavation of more than 14 feet.

"[The] worst case scenario would be somebody falling into it, unaware, like walking a dog, or a child falling into it, and possibly drowning," said Horry County Public Works Director David Gilreath.

Gilreath says the hole was most likely caused by a crack in an underground pipe that allowed dirt to fall inside it. The rainy weather allowed the dirt to slip inside the pipe quickly said Gilreath.

The closure is expected to affect residents traveling in and out of the Heather Lakes subdivision for two to four days.

Alternate access to the neighborhood is available from US-17 through Woodrow Shelley Drive.

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