Bryan residents concerned about a growing sinkhole
UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 3:37pm
BRYAN -- After a historic drought and a lot of rain in the recent weeks officials in the city of Bryan say they're seeing sinkholes pop up all over town.
But several residents living at one Bryan condominium are fed up because the sinkhole they have in their backyard grows every time it rains.
Mada Tyer has lived in her home at the Greenfield Square Condominiums since 2009 and for the past year she's been dealing with a growing problem right outside in her backyard.
"It was reported last year before it ever got as deep as it is and they came out and looked at it and put some caution tape around it and put a cover over it."
But that wasn't enough to fix the problem. Over the last few months the rainfall has caused the sinkhole to grow so one concerned neighbor, who didn't want to show her face on camera, decided to take matters into her own hands.
"Had I not stepped up and contacted the city myself, the board would have never done anything until it was too late, until this neighbor's a.c. unit would have fallen in," she said.
Neighbors found the sinkhole last January and at that time it was only four feet deep but now, more than a year later, it stands at eight feet. So when the city was finally notified about how severe of a problem it was, they came out today to fix it.
Supervisor of streets and drainage, Chris Crawford said, "Our job, of course, is number one public safety and when we see an issue like this we are going to address it as immediate as possible."
City workers filled in the hole for a quick fix today until a new storm sewer system can be designed and Mada Tyer says for now, she's just relieved to see the hole gone.
"It did need to be taken care of before someone went down that ally one night when it was dark and fall in that hole."