“There needs to stop being band-aids applied,” Village homeowner concerned about sinkholes

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THE VILLAGE, Okla. -- Sinkholes that are several feet deep are opening up in the backyard of one home in the Village.

They’ve been repaired before, but keep opening up just feet away from the home. The first-time homeowner wants answers from the city.

The first time homeowner and mom, Jenni Smith, has only been in the Village since April, and although we’ve been pounded by heavy rains, she think the holes all stem back to a nearby canal and pipes.

Smith loves living in the Village, but now, she says things are crumbling underneath her.

"I've lived here since April, the first set of holes opened in May and now being July, there's another set," Smith says.

Sinkholes, about the size of a basketball tunnel into the ground at least 5 feet deep.

"It kind of makes me nervous with it being so close to the house," Smith said.

It's feet away from the home, in fact, they're feet away from where this mom sleeps.

"That's the corner of my house, if any of this starts to fall away anymore..." Smith says it could be crushing.

You can barely see the hole in the ground at first sight. But when you stick a shovel in it, it goes down about 18 inches, and it's not the first time they've had holes open up in their yard.

"I talked to the city and some guys came out and said this exact spot has opened up before, so that was a red flag," Smith said.

She says they covered it up with dirt, saying it was much ado about nothing.

"There needs to stop being band-aids applied, it's not just a fill it and leave it solution, obviously if they've done that twice now and it keeps opening up in the same spot," Smith said.

We've tried contacting public works for the city, all they would tell us is they fixed it.

"It doesn't sound like what they're doing is fixing it, so if it's something associated with the water lines, I feel like it's their responsibility to tell me what's going on,

It's a problem this mother says she didn't anticipate when she moved into the house with her baby.

"Fix it, not just throw some dirt on it and call it good," Smith says.

We tried reaching public works again today. They said they had no time to talk with us.

There is a canal near the home; it's unclear if the sinkholes are related to rain or pipe issues.

 

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