Sinkhole danger lurks anywhere there is limestone below

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Posted: March 25, 2013

The Winchester Star

Shingles and other debris are seen recently in the bottom of the sinkhole that swallowed a house in 1992 on Swimley Road in northwest Clarke County. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
This is a Dec. 24, 1992, view of the house destroyed by a sinkhole on Swimley Road in Clarke County. The Bartles family still owns the property but they pay no taxes since the land is deemed worthless.
A sewer pipe and roofing materials can be seen where a sinkhole swallowed a house in 1992 in northwest Clarke County. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

BERRYVILLE — When Dale Bartles opened the basement door of his Clarke County home in November 1992 and saw the basement stairs hanging over an empty void, he was looking at the result of more...



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