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    Re: Do you live in a sinkhole safe zone?

    One nice thing about living atop a part of the Cumberland Plateau (Monte Sano) is that the top is sandstone, ranging from 5' to 10' thick. It seems to support the houses up here well. There are numerous old coal mining tunnels running through the limestone beneath top, so that's proof that the sandstone bridges voids. There has been some subsidence along the west bluff line right above the entrance to the old mines. Several years ago, there was a landslide scare. There's an upscale subdivision built just below the west bluff line, unwittingly on mine tailings, which are very weak and unstable. Five hundred truckloads of rock later, it seems to be shored up...
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    Re: Do you live in a sinkhole safe zone?

    I live in Shelby County, AL. I've always kept sinkhole coverage on my property.

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    Re: Do you live in a sinkhole safe zone?

    Earle, we tend to forget about coal mining in Alabama. The old Agricola mines and others around the Gadsden area left many abandoned shafts behind. I remember running across one with cousins of mine on Lookout Mountain above Noccalula Falls.
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    Re: Do you live in a sinkhole safe zone?

    Bury his body in the old sinkhole...
    Bury his body in the old sinkhole...
    Bury his body in the old sinkhole... under cold November sky.

    I do hope The Drive-by Truckers are getting a boost from all the sinkhole talk recently.
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    Re: Do you live in a sinkhole safe zone?

    Quote Originally Posted by bamachile View Post
    Earle, we tend to forget about coal mining in Alabama. The old Agricola mines and others around the Gadsden area left many abandoned shafts behind. I remember running across one with cousins of mine on Lookout Mountain above Noccalula Falls.
    The ones on Monte Sano were "coyote" mines - barely enough room for a guy on his hands and knees, not enough room to stand up...
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    Re: Do you live in a sinkhole safe zone?

    I didn't realize the extent of coal mines in Madison County till I was talking to an elderly gentleman in Hurricane Valley about the mountain behind his house. He started pointing out land marks and showed me what I thought was a huge "bench". Turns out it was where an old coal mining operation had stripped a huge strip around the mountain. Thats when i realized it was "coal" mountain and not "cole" mountain.

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    Re: Do you live in a sinkhole safe zone?

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    The ones on Monte Sano were "coyote" mines - barely enough room for a guy on his hands and knees, not enough room to stand up...
    Sounds like what I remember seeing as well, although it's been a few years. My father's family were coal miners in Kentucky, so the subject piques my interest. I may run a few Google trails today.
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    Re: Do you live in a sinkhole safe zone?

    No.
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    Re: Do you live in a sinkhole safe zone?

    Quote Originally Posted by rizolltizide View Post
    No.
    Stay vigilant my friend, those sink holes are nothing to monkey around with.

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    Re: Do you live in a sinkhole safe zone?

    More worried about stinkhole zones

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    Re: Do you live in a sinkhole safe zone?

    Considering where Riz lives, I wouldn't be surprised to see him on the news someday. I'm pretty sure that whole Tampa/St. Pete area sits precariously atop a cavern that just slowly opening up, one sinkhole at a time.

    Hope you've got coverage, Riz.
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    Re: Do you live in a sinkhole safe zone?

    Quote Originally Posted by SavannahDare View Post
    Considering where Riz lives, I wouldn't be surprised to see him on the news someday. I'm pretty sure that whole Tampa/St. Pete area sits precariously atop a cavern that just slowly opening up, one sinkhole at a time.

    Hope you've got coverage, Riz.
    Rising sea level will mean more saltwater infiltration, which makes the whole problem worse. Have you considered moving north. We may be sitting on the new shoreline here in HSV...
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