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Sinkhole threatens homes in Crainville

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CRAINVILLE -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is working on a sinkhole in Crainville.

A resident of a home on Barnett Avenue called police Saturday morning to alert them about the hole.

Police and fire departments from Crainville and Carterville responded along with the Williamson County EMA.

They evacuated the home, cut the power and blocked off the scene.

Carterville Fire Chief Ron Rains said an old mine likely collapsed, causing the sinkhole.

Greg Tanner with IDNR said the recent heavy rain made the soil above the mine heavier, likely accelerating the collapse.

He said some abandoned mines underground date back to the early 1900's.

IDNR will have the homes blocked off until at least Monday when the agency hopes to start filling in the sinkhole.

But Tanner said the state's budget gridlock means they cannot fill it as quickly as they would like.

Rains said there were two homes blocked off but only one person was inside. That person got out safely.

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