COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (KPTM) – One neighborhood in Council Bluffs has a sinkhole problem. People in the area say they have been dealing with it for the last seven years and they want it fixed before more damage is done or someone gets hurt. The city tells Fox 42 News it is a top priority.
Thursday morning three different sinkholes were visible near 46 Charles Street. Fox 42 News notified the city of the sinkholes. By the Thursday afternoon the city had been by to fill the sinkhole with an entire truckload of dirt. The area was blocked off as well.
The city had spent last summer fixing up the area; they had already installed a new road, sidewalks and driveways. A city official tells Fox 42 News they were in the process of installing grass but weren't able to establish it before the winter. The official says the recent rains washed out the soil.
But Krystin Flenker believes there is a bigger issue and she is worried it could cause damage to her home.
"It is a band-aid, it is a giant band aid it is a huge problem that isn't going anywhere it is here to stay unfortunately we have to come together and get something done," she said.
April Liebert is also worried there is a greater problem that exists, she tells Fox 42 News she is worried about the children who walk up and down the street after school.
"Sometimes I think that it has gone on for so long that it is undermining our driveways, our homes, because they just kept on putting band-aids on it," Liebert says.
The city says they have been spending about a million dollars per year to fix the neighborhood, including a new storm sewer and pavement. Its all part of a ten-phase neighborhood rehab project set to be complete in the next 6-7 years.
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