A collapsed drain pipe has left a 5-feet-deep sinkhole in a Center Grove area man’s yard, and after months of debating with the county, he’s concerned he will have to pay several thousand dollars to repair it.
About a year ago, the top of a metal drain pipe running under Steven Hoover’s yard caved in. The hole is about 16 inches wide and drops about 5 feet to the bottom of the pipe. He’s had the area roped off with caution tape since.
He’s been trying to find out who is responsible for fixing the drain. So far, the only answers he’s getting is that he’ll have to pay for it himself and that cost could hit several thousand dollars, Hoover said. Just filling in the hole isn’t an option because it could block drainage.
County officials said the pipe, which was installed by the developer of the Windsong subdivision in the late 1970s, isn’t a county-owned pipe and is located on private property.