Residents of a Texas neighborhood just lately found one thing uncommon: For years, unbeknownst to them, they had been dwelling just a few ft away from an historical tunnel believed to be tens of millions of years previous.
“They really feel that it is a closed cave and that it has by no means had an exterior expression in order that an animal or folks might go out and in of the cave. They discovered no proof of life inside this cave, and it might’ve been right here at 10 million years,” mentioned Williamson County Public Affairs Supervisor Connie Odom.
The tunnel, beneath a roadway, was found after residents someday complained a few lack of water. Not too long ago, the cave unexpectedly collapsed, inflicting the water pipe to interrupt. It additionally uncovered a part of the cave.
“The householders within the space had known as the utility district saying that they had been having water points. And so, when Municipal utility district staff first got here out, they found that a water pipe had damaged. And there was a cave beneath the road,” Odom mentioned.
Boundaries, site visitors cones, and highway closure indicators now dot the residential neighborhood on Cambria Drive in Spherical Rock.
“It’s type of quiet now. However, it’s not usually like this,” mentioned resident Tim Kelley, whose home sits adjoining to the positioning. He and his neighbors have congregated on the road for the previous a number of weeks, watching drilling rigs, engineers, and cave specialists working on the cave.
Odom mentioned the cave stretches beneath two properties, has 4 chambers, and is about 20 to 22 ft excessive, at its tallest, by the cave entrance. The cave ceiling is about 6 to eight ft beneath the roadway.
Caves in Central Texas are frequent. The truth is, the Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District, the place the cave is situated, maintains 40 caves.
However Odom mentioned that is the primary time the county has discovered one beneath an current roadway, offering distinctive problems.
“It’s been a brand new expertise for us after which working very intently with the neighborhood to find out how we will restore the roadway and dealing with the Texas Fee on Environmental High quality on approving these plans,” mentioned Odom.
Some residents mentioned they’re frightened that the cave might lower the resale worth of their properties.
“Individuals really feel like lots of people might be nervous to purchase home that’s that near the cave as a result of they suppose it’s not protected,” mentioned Kelley.
Nevertheless, the county hasn’t dug that far into the difficulty simply but.
Engineers had gathered core samples by the doorway of the collapse an try to check the power of the soil and limestone. They’re anticipating to obtain the core evaluation reviews by the tip of the week.
Upon receiving the engineering report, the county says it is going to provide you with remediation choices and work with the Texas Fee on Environmental High quality to decide on the very best plan of motion to restore the roadway.