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      How to spot a sinkhole before it's too late

      Dangerous sinkholes have been making headlines lately and after a few have been spotted in Albany, many are left wondering what they can do to prevent their property from getting swallowed up.While sinkholes can be filled and made safer after they collapse, Dougherty County Public Works officials say there's not much people can do to detect sinkholes before they make themselves known.The county doesn't have any technology or ways to test the area for a sinkhole other than when a building is being built, but adds there are ways to catch real damage from happening.If you see sagging trees, cracked concrete or an inwardly sloped ground, a sinkhole may have begun. Once it's reported, officials are responsible for digging it out and filling the area with a more stable material so it doesn't happen again, though they can't predict whether it will or won't reoccur.In order to protect yourself, insurance companies offer sinkhole insurance as an add on, like flood insurance, that can cover your items if they're lost underground.Stay connected to as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!