Growing sinkhole in York County has residents concerned


YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Residents at an apartment complex in York County are raising safety concerns over a sinkhole.

The massive hole is located next to the Country Club Apartments in Williamsburg. Residents tell 10 On Your Side the hole expands any time there is a rain storm.

Residents say they are worried the hole will impact the road close to the hole.

The question is: who is responsible?

York County came out to check on this same problem a year ago, and they found it was the property manager’s responsibility to fix it, so they left it alone.

It was never fixed, and now a county official we spoke with Tuesday says the situation is tipping the iceberg to becoming an emergency if nothing is done soon.

Chris and Christine Hollifield say when they moved into the Country Club Apartments last year they noticed the very large sinkhole in the woods next to their home. And since then it has only grown.

“During the downpour last night, like from the storm that came through, we heard a loud crash. And we got up this morning our neighbor had said another part of the drain pipe had fell through,” said Chris.

They worry now if another big rain comes through, will they see someone get hurt?

“It’s a concern that somebody could drive through and fall through,” Chris said. 

And this isn’t the first time someone has complained about this hole. Richard Sutton with York County says he has seen this problem before, last July.

“That was eroded back beyond that tree, this is all new from that tree, this way that tree was standing up right there when I was out here last,” said Sutton.

Last year they determined it was the property management company’s responsibility to fix it because the county does not have drainage easement which would allow them to step in and fix it immediately.

“Something needs to be done or else it will continue to erode and it could cause problems to the road,” Sutton said.

At this point the county says they cannot jump in and fix the problem, they’ll have to wait to hear from the property management. 10 On Your Side reached out to them Tuesday, and did not receive an answer, but we’ve left our contact information.

Sutton says there is no real timeline until they speak with the property management, but once that is done and figuring out how to pay for it, it could take 3 months to get it repaired.

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