The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency issuing a serious warning Friday concerning sink holes. E-M-A Director Bo Keck says the area this issue focuses on is the Old Columbia Cement Mining Area behind White Cottage. Keck says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has investigated the area – which has already had sink hole problems – and determined that it is unsafe and people need to stay off the property for their own safety. Keck says the specific area is Huggins Road to State Route 22. O-D-N-R says there was a sink hole in March and more collapsing of the old mine area is possible. Keck says four-wheelers and hunters are being told to stay off the property. Keck also says there are also two land owners on Stiers Lane that are in danger and they are being informed about the problem. The Muskingum County phone information system is being activated to alert residents to this issue.
The following is a statement from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources concerning the sink hole issue near White Cotage:
“ODNR experts have investigated the subsidence issues on the Maysville Water Company property and determined conditions exist for more subsidence features to develop. Out of an abundance of caution, it’s ODNR’s recommendation that people stay off the entire property located above the abandoned limestone mine and residents of any homes in the affected area vacate immediately. No one can predict when and if additional subsidence features will occur, so the prudent decision is for people to avoid the area altogether. ODNR, along with state and federal officials, will continue to monitor and investigate the situation and work to develop a remediation and safety plan.”