A massive hole in a St Michael St backyard devoured a small lemon tree last week.JESS EVERINGHAM November 16, 2012 4:25am
A local couple awoke to find a massive hole in their St Michael’s St backyard last week.
A section of the yard about 1.5m by 2m just ‘‘caved in’’ to form a cavity more than two metres deep.
The hole protrudes from the base of the concrete levee bank structure that borders their riverfront yard.
The shifting soil, which Deniliquin council believes was saturated, devoured a small lemon tree.
Council said the cavity extends all the way through to the river bank, underneath the levee, funneling to a smaller hole.
Council director technical service Mark Dalzell said the hole appears to have been caused by a drainage issue, which saturated the soil and caused it to collapse.
‘‘We are going to have to install some sheet piling on the river side of the levee,’’ he said.
‘‘That will provide us a wall to back fill the hole against. [We] will excavate out the saturated material and replace it with new material and compact the new material in.
‘‘We will also improve the drainage there.’’
Mr Dalzell said council would check the backyards of nearby houses to make sure there were no similar problems.
He does not believe a similar incident would occur in the event of a flood.
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