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Floods Cause Sinkhole, Worries Homeowners

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - After Wednesday's floods tore a hole in Burchfield Street, the city brought in a contractor Friday to take a look inside the pipes.

A sink hole the size of an SUV sits down the street from Lori Fruk's home. Friday caution tape, road closure signs and city workers surrounded the site, as workers investigated the flood.

"We hope they find answers and find them soon because we can't keep wondering," said Fruk.

On Friday, a Kalamazoo company came to Burchfield to check out the pipes. They started in one end of the street and worked their way to the sinkhole to look for any damage that might have been done to the pipes.

All workers could tell 6 News Friday, was that there was a problem with the pipe's flow.


"It hit a record for the maximum amount of rainfall on any given day in the month of August since 1869," said Chad Gamble, the director of public service in Lansing.

However, Burchfield residents have faced flooding problems before. Two years ago floods damaged Fruk's home, causing $40,000 worth of repairs. Fruk is still not back in her home.

"We just have been trying for two years for answers and being that the issue keeps happening, keeps getting worse, we just want a home, a safe home," says Fruk.

Gamble says he proposed a plan to city council when the first flood hit in 2011. It would buy out the homeowners and cost the city about $400,000. The only other solution is to increase Burchfield's storm sewer size, costing Lansing tens of millions of dollars.

"We just want a safe place to lay our head and not have to worry, whether it's here, whether it's somewhere else. Just let us be able to sleep at night," said Fruk.

 Gamble says the issue will be addressed again at Wednesday's public meeting.

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