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Boonville Home Sinking Into Collapsing Mine Shaft

Last updated on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

(BOONVILLE) - Southern Indiana officials said a home in the town of Boonville has sunk three feet in the past two weeks, apparently because of a collapsing mine shaft that dates to the 19th century.

The home's elderly resident was recently evacuated after hearing a series of loud pops and seeing water in the backyard.

All of the home's utilities have been shut off, but nothing has been done with the home since then.

Boonville Fire Department Fire officials blame the problem on the collapse of an old mine shaft believed to have been abandoned in 1899.

Parts of southwestern Indiana are filled with old abandoned coal mine shafts that occasionally collapse, causing the ground above to sink.

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