Sinkhole bolsters Wetumpka business

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WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - A chain-link fence separates construction from commerce on Hill Street, something even Mayor Jerry Willis considers to be a deadly business combination.

"Its damaging to the businesses on this street."

But it turns out to be just the opposite.  Folks have been coming from far and near to lay their eyes on a sinkhole that grew from 15 to 30 feet in one day.

A recipe for extra foot traffic for businesses with a front-row view of the action.

"When it first happened the place was crowded, people trying to find out what's going on."

Businessowner Donald Carey opened We-2 Gifts and Awards 8 years ago, and he says Hill Street hasn't seen this much action in a long time.

"It adds for the excitement for Wetumpka, possibly putting us on the map again."

The Elmore County Emergency Management Agency is hoping the sinkhole will have the same affect on FEMA teams, as they prepare to come and evaluate the property for federal funding.

An added hope, for businesses and city government as they both struggle to keep their livelyhood and the city budget from going down the drain.