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Cause of USM sinkhole determined

Structural engineers are working to evaluate damages from a sinkhole that appeared on USM's Hattiesburg campus Tuesday morning. Photo Source: WDAM Structural engineers are working to evaluate damages from a sinkhole that appeared on USM's Hattiesburg campus Tuesday morning. Photo Source: WDAM
USM officials closed two roads on the Hattiesburg campus today (marked with red lines) as structural engineers work to determine damage assessments to a reported sinkhole (red dot) between Oseola McCarty Hall and Scianna Hall on Tuesday morning. USM officials closed two roads on the Hattiesburg campus today (marked with red lines) as structural engineers work to determine damage assessments to a reported sinkhole (red dot) between Oseola McCarty Hall and Scianna Hall on Tuesday morning.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

University of Southern Mississippi officials continue to assess the impact of a sinkhole that appeared Tuesday morning on campus.

According to USM officials, the sinkhole was caused by a collapsed sewer line.

The sinkhole measures 12 feet below the surface. 

According to USM officials, all roads near the sinkhole site, including Eagle Walk and Ray Guy Way, have reopened. Scianna Hall also reopened. 

The sinkhole, visibly measuring approximately 4 feet by 3 feet, is larger beneath the surface, according to officials, and Hattiesburg engineers continue to evaluate the scope of the damage underground. Engineers have been to able to determine that the sinkhole does not extend beyond the parking lot into adjacent streets or property. 

Officials said residents of McCarty Hall returning to campus this weekend should park in the Hillcrest Hall lot. 

The scene

Several streets on The University of Southern Mississippi campus are closed after a sinkhole appeared Tuesday morning.

According to university police, USM officials are assessing the impact of a four by three foot sinkhole in the parking lot between Oseola McCarty Hall and Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

Officials believe the sinkhole expands beneath the surface, and they have closed Eagle Walk Drive to vehicular traffic as a result.

MOBILE USERS: Click here for photos of the sinkhole

According to an alert from university officials, road blocks are set up from West Fourth Street entrance to the South End of M.M. Roberts Stadium as well as a portion of the Ray Guy Way between the Jim and Thomas Duff Athletic Center and Joe P. Park Practice Field.

Officials said structural engineers will be on campus today to evaluate nearby buildings, but no visible damage to buildings or property has been reported.

Scianna Hall is evacuated until a damage assessment is completed.

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