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Wordless Wednesday - Massive Sink Hole in Meridian MS

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A monstrous sink hole appeared in the IHOP Parking Lot in Meridian, Saturday, November 7th, swallowing 15 vehicles. The investigation by OSHA is still underway.

The cavernous sink hole was 360 feet long and 50 feet wide.

You may have seen this on the news, but I wanted to share this clip with my ActiveRain friends. Meridian is located about 80 miles from Brandon MS.


Wordless Wednesday - Massive Sink Hole in Meridian MS

Comments (26)

Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I did see this on the news and I wondered what the folks in the IHOP did when the other side of the sidewalk gave way and the parking lot fell in a hole.  

Nov 11, 2015 01:30 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Myrl Jeffcoat & Debbie Laity - Not sure what term describes it better than "sink hole". I believe this was newly developed area; the IHOP had just opened. The news said everyone is "scratching their heads" trying to determine what went wrong.

Sussie Sutton & Tammy Lankford - They were fishing the cars out yesterday. Owners were gathered around so they could get their personal possessions from their vehicles. It's one of the strangest things to happen. 

Nov 11, 2015 10:04 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Apparently, there was a large culvert pipe involved.  One news station reported that its collapse, was the cause.

Nov 11, 2015 10:19 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Myrl Jeffcoat - I suspected that, but it wasn't visible in any of the photos. Talk about a major fail!!!

Nov 11, 2015 10:28 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

So here's my question...you're ravenous, your order has just arrived and boom, your car ends up in a sinkhole.

Do you go ahead and eat?

Nov 11, 2015 10:47 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

The fact that stuff like this is happening more frequently is not good.

And Susan Haughton  If it were me, yes.  Sit down and eat.  It's not like you're going anywhere anytime soon.  Of course, it takes a lot for me to lose my appetite.


Nov 12, 2015 01:23 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Susan Haughton & Chris Ann Cleland - Chris Ann, you crack me up! I would have to go outside to investigate. LOL

Nov 12, 2015 02:55 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

I'd only investigate on a full stomach.

Nov 12, 2015 08:42 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Susan, wow that's just a bit scary!  I'm not all that far from Meridian, MS.

Nov 12, 2015 08:43 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Pat, I would think that whatever landfill was put in there if it was new may be some of what caused this problem! 

Unbelievable and truly a miracle that no one was injured--honestly, that is amazing. 

Nov 12, 2015 09:10 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Pat. I saw it on the news a couple of times, that's crazy. Hard to believe that it wasn't a problem before this event.

Nov 12, 2015 06:26 PM
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

So unfortunate for that business and those patrons. You would hope there's some sort of insurance coverage here, but not sure. Do sinkholes fall under an act of God?


Nov 12, 2015 10:26 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Joe Petrowsky - the "sink hole" was newly constructed and paved earth. My understanding is there was some kind of culvert failure, although difficult to see the existence of the culvert from video footage.

Kim Gaston - I suspect this is going to be costly for the developers as a major construction flaw.

Nov 13, 2015 06:29 AM
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia

Absolutely amazing Pat Starnes.   It is scary how antiquated some of our infrastructure is but this looks fairly new which makes it even more scary. 

Nov 13, 2015 07:28 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

That is just terrible. It makes one think where will this happen next. I have seen some small one fall out but nothing like this.

Nov 13, 2015 10:54 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services



Holy Crap! 

Mr. Crappy and I apologize for being late to this post. We have been craptacularly busy this week.


Nov 13, 2015 11:41 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Thanks, Kathleen Daniels  - I hope that means you've been making lots of sales. 

Nov 13, 2015 12:30 PM
Lynn Pineda
eXp Realty - Boca Raton, FL
Real Estate Promises delivered in SE Florida

One of the scariest thing Pat Starnes  . We've had a few of these in Florida and this instance you show is frightening, yet thank goodness it didn't swallow up a home with people in it as has happened here in my state. 

Nov 14, 2015 10:46 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Lynn Pineda - Seriously? What was the reason for the sink holes in Florida? Massive erosion or some other cause?

Nov 16, 2015 11:28 AM
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Pat, it was fairly clear to me, after watching the video, that there was an underground culvert beneath the parking lot that ran precisely were the collapse was. Not too much of a mystery but I would never underestimate the ridiculousness of the media to be a ratings digger. It's like a gold digger only worse, a hui hou.

Nov 16, 2015 04:02 PM
Lynn Pineda
eXp Realty - Boca Raton, FL
Real Estate Promises delivered in SE Florida

Yes Pat Starnes it happened. I can't remember exactly what city, near Tampa I think.  A man was in his bedroom on his bed and the home gave way swallowing him up in the sink hole.  His brother was near by had jumped into the hole trying to find him and he never could. It was truly a horrific and awful event for that family; beyond imagineable.

Nov 17, 2015 01:13 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Lynn Pineda - how tragic! We hear of these things happening occasionally, but imagine them occurring near a bluff or similar location where people have had warning signs.

Nov 17, 2015 01:40 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pat since I do not watch the news.... thanks for sharing... now that is a serious one... makes the one near us look like a dent on the road....Endre

Nov 19, 2015 01:22 PM