Sinkhole appears near Ellisville Courthouse

Published: Feb. 17, 2016 at 10:36 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2016 at 10:39 PM CST
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ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Many area residents are concerned about a sinkhole that appeared just a few feet from the Ellisville courthouse.

It was just discovered last week after Ellisville Historian Johnny Pool was walking the grounds around the courthouse, inspecting the drainage pipes, when the ground gave way underneath his feet. Pool said that he and others have been concerned for years about how the historic courthouse has been neglected.

Cracks are visible, running the length of some areas of the courthouse and the drainage pipes, which vent the runoff from the roof are not connected to the splash pads beneath them. This has led Pool and others to believe that the runoff is seriously degrading the foundation below the courthouse.

"All the drainage is blocked off where it runs down the side of the building, soaking the ground beside the foundation," Pool said. "We just want to see some maintenance on this building and are tired of hearing years and years of excuses."

This all comes just months after WDAM brought the public's attention to water damage in the records room, which is located on the third floor of the building. At that time, there was a major leak in the roof that caused severe damage to historical records, photos, maps and other documents.

WDAM reached out to Jones County Beat-4 Supervisor David Scruggs but he failed to return our call.

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