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School officials: It's a void, not a sinkhole
By Al Everson
posted Jul 1, 2014 - 5:31:54pm
A hole has opened up under a building at Deltona High School at 100 Wolf Pack Run, just off Howland Boulevard.
"We do have a hole that has opened up under the chorus building. We're not calling it a sinkhole, but rather, a void. We have closed off the auditorium as a precaution," said Nancy Wait, spokeswoman for the Volusia County school system.
Wait said a contractor has been hired and is constructing pilings to shore up the building and keep it from collapsing.
About three weeks ago, the Volusia County School Board approved an appropriation of up to $400,000 for emergency repairs in connection with the void. A structural-engineering firm is under contract to assess the situation.
Wait said no students are on campus this summer; there is no summer school at Deltona High School currently.
Wait said the area of the void has been cordoned off.
In December 2004, a sinkhole with a diameter of about 225 swallowed a portion of Howland Boulevard, in front of Deltona High School. The county filled the 50-foot-deep hole with 1,282 loads of earth and compacted it, then repaved the segment of Howland.
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