One of the state's largest sinkholes is in Calera in Shelby County. It opened in the 1970s. It's now partially obscured by trees.
Calera Fire Chief Hilton Shirey remembers when the area's massive sinkhole opened when he was a child.
The red dots on this may show more than 6,000 known sinkholes in Alabama, mostly to the north and south. It's important to note the word "known".
Richard Moultrie keeps a large pile of dirt handy as he is constantly watching a potential sinkhole near his mother's home.
A sinkhole opens in the middle of the road in Wetumpka in 2009. It grew 10 times its original size before being filled in.
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