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Flooding and sinkhole still a problem for Phenix City neighborhood

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City officials say there isn't much they can do about the sinkhole. The hole and the clogged water pipe causing the flooding are both on private property. City officials say there isn't much they can do about the sinkhole. The hole and the clogged water pipe causing the flooding are both on private property.
News 3 was on the scene in April when flood waters eroded away parts of the piece of land behind a vacant home in The Lakes subdivision in Phenix City. News 3 was on the scene in April when flood waters eroded away parts of the piece of land behind a vacant home in The Lakes subdivision in Phenix City.
Phenix City officials say the area is prone to flooding because of a clogged water pipe coming from the lake. Phenix City officials say the area is prone to flooding because of a clogged water pipe coming from the lake.
PHENIX CITY, Ala. -

A clogged water pipe has caused flooding and a growing sinkhole in an East Alabama neighborhood.

Homeowners say the flooding and sinkhole on Lee Road 500 has been a problem since April. It's a problem that's only getting worse and they say they're not getting much help.

News 3 was on the scene in April when flood waters eroded away parts of the piece of land behind a vacant home in The Lakes subdivision in Phenix City.

Today, the sinkhole hasn't been fixed and it's only become bigger.

Karen Williams moved into the house next to the sinkhole just weeks before the April flood. She says the rain this past weekend caused flooding similar to what she saw in April.

“It was a mess, there was water everywhere, everything out here was just flooded,” said Williams.

Even a few days later, puddles of water remain on Lee Road 500. Phenix City officials say the area is prone to flooding because of a clogged water pipe coming from the lake.

Unfortunately, city officials say there isn't much they can do about it. Finance Director Steve Smith told News 3 that the clogged water pipe and the sinkhole are both on private property. Smith says they've been trying to work something out with the property owners, but may have to pursue legal action.

As city officials try to fix the problem, Williams and other homeowners have no choice but to be patient.

“You have to sit here and wait. It's rainy season and there are storms coming through and it's just a matter of how much water is coming through,” said Williams.

Williams also asks drivers who drive through the road to take another route when it rains and the road is flooded. She says that the traffic makes the flooding worse. Officials sometimes put traffic cones up after it rains to prevent further flooding but Williams says drivers just move the cones and continue driving.

The erosion has damaged the sewer line running through the sinkhole. City officials say crews will be out the next few days fixing the damaged line.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, is News 3's nightside reporter.
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