Large sinkhole swallows pond, closes Shiloh Rd.

VALDOSTA - A large sinkhole opened up Tuesday night in Lowndes County, closing one road and swallowing an entire pond.

 “We have had a giant sink hole open on Shiloh Rd. at Franks Creek. It started on private property and has swallowed up an entire pond,” said Lowndes County Clerk Paige Dukes. “Right now, we’ve got three places right next to the road that have opened up.”

Last night, it was too dark for Lowndes County Engineering crews to evaluate the size of the sinkhole, but because of the extremely unstable conditions, Shiloh Rd. was closed, said Dukes.

“Citizens will need to take the usual detour. Please do not visit the area. This is not a photo opportunity,” said Dukes. “Sinkholes are unpredictable and can be extremely dangerous.”

Residents are also asked to remember that much of the sinkhole is located on private property. 

Engineering crews are at the sinkhole this morning, and The Valdosta Daily Times will be reporting from the scene later today.

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