City workers repair massive sinkhole in NE Houston

July 31, 2013 3:53:53 AM PDT
Public works employees spent the night repairing a large sinkhole in the Fifth Ward.

The area was taped off at Market and Capron, not far from I-10. The city says the hole started with a water main break under the street.

Neighbors say they started calling yesterday morning. Some noticed the dip several days ago and grew concerned a car would lose control. The final straw came in the afternoon when a METRO bus hit the hole and it caved in.

At least one resident says the buckling road almost damaged his van earlier in the day. Residents are frustrated by the city's response.

"Every time somebody calls for repairs in the Fifth Ward, they take their time until it totally opens up. Then everybody comes out there," said resident Thomas A. Tillman, Sr.

"I was worried one of those cars was going to flip and run into one of these houses. It's bad, but every time we need something done in emergency, it takes the city forever," resident Netsey Preston said.

Residents were without water at times as workers finished the repairs.

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