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Large hole forms on Hilton Head road

A small sinkhole that appeared in a westbound lane of Yacht Cove Drive on Hilton Head Island Wednesday had been covered by a steel plate by Thursday morning.
A small sinkhole that appeared in a westbound lane of Yacht Cove Drive on Hilton Head Island Wednesday had been covered by a steel plate by Thursday morning. Staff photo

A 4-foot-deep sinkhole formed near a storm drain on a Hilton Head Island road Wednesday afternoon, according to fire and law enforcement officials.

The Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division received a call shortly after 4 p.m. about the hole, which appeared along westbound Yacht Cove Drive near William Hilton Parkway, according to Battalion Chief Chad McRorie.

While cause was not clear Wednesday, but Hilton Head Diner manager Lou Barone said it seemed to have been caused by stormwater. The hole, which was 3 feet wide, formed next to a storm drain, he said.

"That's the problem we're having," Barone said about 5 p.m. "It's got to be repaired right away."

Lt. Jim Walton of the Sheriff's Office said engineers had examined the sinkhole by about 6 p.m. and had contacted a construction company about repairs. The right lane of westbound Yacht Cove Drive will remain blocked until crews can place steel plates over the hole, Walton said.

Walton said he did not know when repairs would be completed, but said one lane would remain open throughout the process.

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