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FLORISSANT, Mo. - A Florissant woman fears she's watched for months as her taxpayer dollars disappear into a sinkhole. So she contacted 5 on your Side for answers.

Rose Crabtree wants to know what is going on with a stretch of St. Ferdinand near Lindbergh. After a water pipe issue in January, it's been ripped up and blacktopped over again and again and it's still sinking.

Rose wants to know why someone doesn't just fix it right one time and how much tax payer money is being used to put patches down that just wear out.

A spokesman for St. Louis County Highways tells 5 on Your Side this is a county maintained road, but Missouri American Water is in charge of the repairs because it was that company's water main that burst in January.

There's a good reason for the temporary fix. It is temporary. The break here was one of many in January when we were in the midst of a really cold winter. The water company put the quick fixes down with the idea of coming back with a permanent repair.

Rose says the wear and tear on her car in the meantime is rough.

"Your car vibrates and you sink. Your car tips and it jerks and it's not going fast," she said.

American Water tells 5 on Your Side the permanent repair is slated for next week. In the meantime, because of our inquiry, the water company is meeting with the county out here tomorrow to see if another patch is needed here until then.

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