- Associated Press - Friday, April 27, 2018

CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (AP) - Beavers are good at stopping water, but on one road in North Carolina, they’ve shown they can stop traffic, too.

The N.C. Department of Transportation tells local news outlets that beavers built a dam underneath N.C. Highway 33 east of Chocowinity in Beaufort County which backed up rain water and weakened the soil, causing the sinkhole.

Maintenance supervisor Mike Nichols told WITN in Greenville that the sinkhole was seven to eight feet deep and six or seven feet wide. Nichols said the extent of the damage isn’t known, so there’s no estimate on when the highway will reopen. Until then, motorists will have to take a detour covering up to six miles.

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