Wood River sinkhole could sink the city's budget - KMOV.com

Wood River sinkhole could sink the city's budget

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs

(KMOV) -- A street in downtown Wood River is blocked off to protect drivers from a sinkhole, but the bigger problem could be the bill.

The sewer pipes are about 70 years old near Ferguson street, where the sinkhole is. Pipe connections that were good decades ago are no longer water tight. Public Works believes the sewer line is the problem, but they aren't sure. Crews initially dug out the four-by-six sinkhole, but hadn't reached the sewer line yet.

Workers were in the trench without side supports, but stopped so a contractor with the proper safety gear can finish excavating.

The work should take a couple days, but the bill could take much longer to finish off. Wood River's Director of Public Works Steven Palen said the last fix like this cost the city about $20,000.

Wood River did get some stimulus money for a bigger project, but the sinkhole will come out of the city's coffers.

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