Sinkhole found on West River Trail in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A second sinkhole in the past few months has been reported on Oklahoma City's West River Trail.

"Guys communicate with each other. They usually ride in packs, two or three a piece," Dub Turner, a cyclist, told News 4.

Turner rides along West River Trail about two-three times a week.

"A lot of times, the dirt and stuff will wash off but, when you're on a bike, especially one of the 12,15 speed bikes, a little sand can thrown you pretty quick," Turner said.

They've also had to worry about sinkholes in recent months.

"We let each other know about it. So, we kind of keep an eye on it. But, if it starts getting farther out, then we'll call the city and let them know," Turner said.

That's exactly what city officials want residents to do, right away.

"We depend on our residents to be our eyes and ears out there. So, if they see sinkholes, if they see potholes, any problem, we need to know about it so we can address it," said Kristy Yager, a spokesperson for the city.

Back in July, a large sinkhole was reported near Lake Overholser. City officials said a busted drain pipe underneath the trail that feeds into the nearby river was to blame.

Now, crews are busy with the new sinkhole, as well.

"They're going to barricade that area, and they're going to start scoping that area to see what the cause might be and who's responsible for fixing it," Yager said.

Yager said the cause could be anything from a collapsed sanitary sewer line to erosion.

"We don't know at this point, but we're going to look into it and try to get it addressed," Yager said.

If you have a sinkhole or a pothole to report, call the city action center at 405-297-2535.

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