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Haywood Road re-opens after sinkhole forms

Police shut down Haywood Road because of a sinkhole. (July 31, 2014/FOX Carolina) Police shut down Haywood Road because of a sinkhole. (July 31, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Police shut down Haywood Road because of a sinkhole. (Aug. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina) Police shut down Haywood Road because of a sinkhole. (Aug. 1, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Haywood and Airport roads are back open in Greenville after a sinkhole opened up near the roadway. 

The sinkhole formed at the intersection Thursday evening, in front of a Kangaroo gas station.  

FOX Carolina meteorologist Nicole Papay said Greenville County was one of the hardest hit counties in our area, receiving more than 4 inches of rain Thursday. Work crews said the soft, saturated ground caused the sinkhole, which swallowed part of the gas station's sign.

"I was shocked about the sign and everything else. I was like, wow!" said manager of the Kangaroo gas station.

Friday morning, Duke Energy and SCDOT crews were on scene working to remove a utility pole sitting dangerously close to the hole. The project foreman with Duke, told FOX Carolina crews on scene their plan was to re-route the pole's wires to another location.

Once Duke removes the pole, SCDOT says their engineers will then be able to evaluate the hole. There is no word on how long the process will take.

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