On November 19, 2015, the Abandoned Mine Land Division (AML) will be hosting a public meeting to present recent data collected and upcoming projects in and around the Reliance community.
"We will be showing the public recent data we found after an AML project was completed this year," said Alan Edwards, AML Administrator. "This past project was necessary to ensure that the community infrastructure, roads and water lines, were protected."
According to Edwards, the past Spring rainfall created subsidence holes to appear on the surface. After investigating the holes, AML discovered unknown underground abandoned mine workings.
Mine Subsidence is the movement of the ground surface as a result of readjustments of the overburden due to collapse or failure of underground mine workings. Surface subsidence features usually take the form of either sinkholes or troughs.
"This meeting will really help the public understand what we found and what we are planning," added Edwards.
AML will also be offering subsidence insurance for residents within the future project areas. The meeting will start at 7:00PM at the Reliance Library, 1329 Main Street.