West Spokane family working to get sinkhole filled in backyard

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by Othello Richards & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 5:25 PM

SPOKANE--A west Spokane family is concerned for their safety after their child fell into a growing sinkhole in their yard.
 
The hole is in the backyard of a home near Government Way and 5th.  

4-year-old Rocky was playing outside several weeks ago when the ground opened up underneath him.  That’s when his mother, Misty Rupp, discovered a hole.
 
Property manager Robert Zink checked it out.   He and Rupp discovered a large pipe with a void underneath it. 

They called city offices.  The Water Department came out and looked at it, but because it’s a water pipe it’s not their responsibility.  Zink says he got a similar response from the Wastewater Department on the phone.

KREM2 called the Wastewater Department Thursday.  A supervisor told us she was unaware of the hole and quickly came out with a crew to look at it.

Officials say the pipe also did not appear to be put there by the department.  They suspect a past property owner many years ago may have built something underground. 

Slabs of wood were seen covering the pipe.  When the wood rotted away it collapsed, causing a hole to open up.

The property manager is working on getting the hole filled.

 

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