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A problem is showing up in city streets more often than ever and it's not just potholes. Sinkholes are happening at an alarming rate.   In fact, there are so many in Davenport, it can take a month or longer to get them repaired. Depending on where you're driving in Davenport, you're bound to stumble across one.

Residents living around a sinkhole on 18th street and Pershing say it's been there for over a month and now it's become a safety hazard,

"There's a lot of traffic that goes through here that sometimes goes a little fast. With the sinkhole being like that, it can cause an accident," said resident Thadieus Codling.

"we've got nine kids that stay in this house right here. My niece has nine kids. This is dangerous, " said resident Dennis Lard.

It's even created a headache for residents and their guest that used to park here.

They have to park over in the church parking lot if they want to park out front . Otherwise in the alley," explained resident Opal Hopper. " I haven't seen anybody come look at it, measure it or anything like that. nothing."

But, Mike Clarke with Davenport Public Works says the city knows about most sinkholes within the city and crews are working to repair them in a timely fashion.  

"There's around 40-60 that are out there at any one point and time. we have prioritize them. We can't chase after all of them at the same time. We don't have the resources to do that," said Davenport Public Works Director Mike Clarke.

Clarke says the city works on as many as ten sinkholes at a time. The most important are those that pose a health risk.

"If it's a sanitary sewer pipe leak we want to get after that one first because we don't want to have the Department of Natural Resources violations from sanitary sewage leaking. no one wants that.

Then, sink holes on main roads get attention followed by residential areas.  Clarke says there's nothing we can do to stop them from forming. Just when they do, alert public works officials. Clarke says the cost for repairing a sinkhole varies depending on how deep it is,but the city sets aside a budget to cover that cost.

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