Displaced Hideaway Hills residents continue to seek answers

BLACK HAWK, S.D. — Chalk up a victory for the residents of Hideaway Hills in Black Hawk.

A judge rejected the state’s argument that the homeowners don’t have legal standing to see damages due to the sinkhole, and so the fight continues. Families in 15 homes were forced to abandon their homes in April of last year.

Sunday afternoon, a geological engineer from Montana Tech came to Hideaway Hills to discuss the current findings of a geo-physical study of the neighborhood. A team has been at work all week determining the presence of additional gypsum, voids, and mines beneath other homes in the subdivision.

“So, we want to actually try to map all of this, put all the data together, to see if we can trace a line to see, okay, so these are all connected, because we have multiple lines at different locations, said assistant professor of geological engineering, Mohammad Sadeghi. “To try to trace all theses similar resistivity’s and say, okay, this is a gypsum layer, and then based on the other information that we have, so, these are the voids?”

If all goes according to plan, the Montana Tech team hopes to have the final report completed in two weeks, but it will depend on how difficult it is to trace the gypsum.

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