Detroit neighborhood concerned cracked sidewalks may lead to sinkhole

- After a water main break caused sidewalks to crack and sink in a Detroit neighborhood, many are worried it's an accident waiting to happen.

Residents say it was September of last year when a pipe burst under the street causing the area to flood and leaving the sidewalk uneven. Fast forward to July of this year and resident say the pipe burst again.

"It was bubbling up through the street. I think if it had a little more force it would've been like a geyser," Priscilla Webster said.

Residents say the solution the city provided did not do the job. Webster says her 90-year-old mother lives on the street is afraid for her safety when she walks outside.

"All that water has compromised the streets so it's literally falling in," she said. "My mom's fence - all of that is bent and everything because of the way water and stuff has compromised the ground under it."

Residents say every time they see this area it's a red flag of what could happen - perhaps even the beginning of a sinkhole.

"To me that saying that that area is weak - it's crying out for help," Charlotte Smith said.

FOX 2 reached out to city officials and we were told the most recent break was repaired on July 21.

The crew placed sand down, which tends to sink after a few days. However, a full restoration including cement sidewalks and topsoil is expected to be scheduled.

Our city has an aging infrastructure that we will begin to address through a multi-year capital improvement program that will launch in the near future.

This resident says she hopes it comes sooner than later.

"Take better care of the neighborhoods of the true taxpayers of the city that have been in city for years. Care about us," Smith said.

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