Taking Back Our Neighborhoods went back to a Clinton subdivision where residents are battling enormous sinkholes because of drainage problems. After our last report, a Trailwood Drive resident let us know the ditch beside his house is caving in and eating away his property.
We also received pictures in an email sent by Cristy Bath, showing a neighborhood dog named Shorty, being swallowed up by a big sinkhole on Pebble Lane. Shorty was rescued and, other than an injured hind leg, the pooch is okay. But residents are concerned it may be a child next time.
When Richard Brooks saw our report on the Pebble Lane drainage problems and resulting sinkholes, he invited me to see a similar situation at his Trailwood property a few blocks away.
Brooks said, "I think it's about a 52 inch galvanized pipe and it's starting to rust out and cave in and the whole yard has got sinkholes all the way down it."
Sinkholes so bad, Brooks' grandson almost fell into one as he tested the ground near the driveway. Brooks says he's gotten no where with complaints to Clinton city officials.
Brook said the streets even being impacted by it.
He said, "It's got some cracks in it. You can tell where the culvert goes through there, you know, and if it keeps on, it's going to cave in too, one of these days."
Brooks thinks the city should be responsible, but Mayor Rosemary Aultman made it clear in a previous interview about the problems in this neighborhood .
Aultman said, "While it is indeed a formidable situation, that it is the responsibility of the property owners."
The mayor continued, "Well, it's just not an easy solvable problem, but we've done a tremendous amount of drainage work in the city where we can, you know, legally do it and feasibly do it."
So, for Richard Brooks and others in the Trailwoods subdivision, it's back to the drawing board to find an answer to the drainage and sinkhole problems in their neighborhood.
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