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50 Sinkholes On Davenport Streets


Dorothy Meeke woke up last week to find this 18-foot hole in front of her house. She says no one was around when the ground sunk in, but it was a close call. 

"We got up Thursday and there was a hole out there," Meeke says, "My daughter said it wasn't there Wednesday night when we pulled away with her car, thank God." 

The city has put up barricades to keep people away, but this sinkhole has been sitting here for a week untouched.  

Davenport Public Works says they won't get to it until next week, which has residents worried. 

"Schools going to be out here pretty quick, and we're going to have all kinds of kids playing," Meeke says, "I wouldn't want to see a child fall in there and get hurt." 

She's not the only one concerned. A few miles downtown, Richard Rank is nursing a wounded foot after he fell in this sink hole Tuesday night. 

"I got to this crosswalk and I started to cross the street and a motorcycle went by so I stopped," Rank says, "When I stopped it just felt like something moved out on me, I started to step off and I fell through." 

This hole measures a little over three feet deep so it's not too high on the city's priority list, but with a nearby school and bus stop, Rank disagrees.  

"Kids could be walking across there, a little kid could've got hurt real bad in there," Rank says, "If had been late at night and someone was coming around the corner, and somebody was stuck, they'd never been seen they would've been hit."    

Old, broken pipes are to blame for the ground sinking in. Public Works decides which holes take priority based on how deep it is, the condition of the street, and how dangerous it might be to those nearby. They say having 50 sinkholes is not out of the ordinary for them.  

"I don't think it's any larger than a city our size with the aging infrastructure of this city," Engineering Construction Supervisor Blaine Flack says, "It's a problem for all cities." 

Meanwhile all residents can do is wait.  

"The city needs to fix it, it's their lines and they don't know when they'll get to it," Meeke says.

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