The growing dirt hole in the Omaha neighborhood is a cause for concern

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A neighborhood in Omaha has been dealing with a deep sinkhole for a week. It’s been a couple of years before it finally hit its breaking point.

For weeks, neighbors on South 187th Street have been dealing with a six to eight foot filth.

“We had this massive rainstorm a few weeks ago, we came over to take the dog for a walk, and we notice a small foot-by-foot hole that extends to the sewage or sewage system there,” said the neighbor Jennifer Collis.

From then on it only got worse.

“It kept eroding over the course of 24 hours,” said Collis.

Although it wasn’t a sinkhole until a few weeks ago, it has been a growing problem for neighbors for many years when the sinkhole made itself felt.

Someone in the neighborhood tried to fix the problem early on.

“Sometime last year our neighbor put a shovel down there about three feet high and they put stones in it and they kind of poured stones over it last fall,” said Collis.

By consistently driving through the neighborhood traffic and the people who are on the move, the sinkhole has made it a safety concern for others.

“I don’t want a six to eight foot hole in my yard and possibly a kid or a runner,” said Collis.

For the past week, Jennifer has been trying to contact the city, the mayor’s hotline, and more.

“We kept trying to call SID and my neighbors. You called SID to get someone to keep working on it and it’s been almost three weeks now. We just haven’t gotten any results when it comes to closing this, ”said Collis.

Since their area is a subdivision, it is up to the Sanitary and Improvement District (SID) to ensure maintenance, but today SID gave hope.

“They have finally marked the areas and are waiting for the OPPD to dismantle the power pole.

Jennifer says they still don’t know when they’ll take the power pole down and work on the rest of the sinkhole. She is relieved that they finally got an answer.

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