Alton parents fed up with sinkholes

ALTON, Ill. - Alton residents say they're fed up with the sink holes in their neighborhood on Signal Drive.

Mike Lefler fears his children might fall into one of them since they're located near his home. He's also worried about the holes getting larger. He's not the only neighbor concerned frustrated with the issue. Betsy Honke says drivers get confused by the barricade and cones. She says drivers think they're not supposed to drive on the street at all.

NewsChannel 5 spoke with Alton's director of Public Works. He says safety is a top priority when it comes to road repairs and street maintenance. However, due to limited funding and man power, the city can't respond to the sink holes as soon as residents would like. He says they have to take care of the most hazardous street problems first.

The City of Alton worked on the site on Signal Drive Tuesday. They placed a camera underground to find out where voids might be located.

American Water investigated the site yesterday and determined the sink holes are not related to their water system. Their crew used sounding equipment to determine that there is not a leak in the area.

City officials say they're doing the best can to respond to these problems, considering their limited resources.


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