Heavy rains cause sinkhole in southern Lincoln County

Lincoln County, Neb. KNOP-TV The recent heavy rains caused a sinkhole south of Maxwell. It was discovered by a farmer on Tuesday.

Crews with the county roads department will begin repairing the sinkhole in southern Lincoln County as early as Monday. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

The sinkhole, which is estimated at 40 feet wide and up to 50 feet deep in some parts, is located along Cut Creek Road in southern Lincoln County.

Crews with the Lincoln County Roads Department barricaded the area and are in the process of repairing it.

"It's been a tremendous winter and spring and with the amount of rain that we have had, it's hard to stay on top of it," said Lincoln County Board Chairman Joe Hewgley. "The other problem is, when you have a road that starts washing out, it's very, very difficult to get that to hold."

It is not known how much it will cost the county to repair, but officials ask the public to stay vigilant and report any roads that may be of concern.

"When it comes to something like that, safety, becomes the number one concern," Hewgley said. "That's an open road to the public and it has got to be repaired.