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Sinkholes costing money on SC coast

Jun 24, 2010 8:56:00 AM - thestate.com
Sinkholes are putting a hole in the budget of one South Carolina resort island.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported the latest sinkhole opened Monday - a four-foot deep, 15-foot long sinkhole in Port Royal Plantation. It's the fourth major sinkhole on the island this year.

Town engineers say some water pipes that are 30 years old are failing and causing the sinkholes.

Public projects director Scott Liggett says the town expects to spend $25 million in the next 10 years to fix and replace old pipes.

He says the cost of fixing pipe failures each year drains away about 60 percent of the town's money earmarked for drainage improvements.

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