Woman sues the city of Springfield, Missouri

A woman in Springfield, Missouri filed a sinkhole lawsuit, alleging the City of Springfield caused the formation of a 20-foot deep sinkhole beneath her home.

Apparently, Springfield had been conducting subsurface, sinkhole repairs, which she alleges triggered the drop out near her home.

Does she have a case?

Remarkably, these kinds of allegations can ring true. The insertion of large quantities of grout beneath the surface can have a dramatic impact on the hydrology and geology of the area near a home. It can alter the pressure or “overburden” the home with the pressure provided by the surrounding subsurface material and cause a ripple effect.

It is common to see damage appear at adjacent properties when a repair begins. Sinkholes do not appear to respect property lines and the repairs themselves can result in even more damage than the original sinkhole.

What to do in this situation

If you are the owner of property near a repaired sinkhole, you should conduct your own investigation near the home both before and after they complete the repairs. Usually, this should not be a concern if the sinkhole activity has caused only minor settlement at the original property. But, the addition of the weight and pressure of tons of concrete beneath a home pits mother nature against the homes in the area.

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