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Property manager calls about sinkhole on Cary Street

Published: Aug. 3, 2017 at 3:07 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2017 at 7:33 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A property manager called about a sinkhole behind several homes on Cary Street, saying it is a safety hazard.

Brandi Swink, with Bear Granville Corporation, says she was alerted by a maintenance technician, who noticed the sink hole in an alley, where cars regularly pass through.

The sinkhole is located in the 1100 block of West Cary Street. She says cars use that alley to get to their parking spot, so she let all of her residents know not to use it.

She called the city of Richmond, and she says someone spray painted the words "SINK HOLE" on the ground. However, she is still worried because the alley was not blocked off to drivers.

She worries the sink hole, which right now, is about four feet deep, will collapse because of the constant weight of cars.

Swink says they are preparing to do whatever it takes to keep the area safe until it's repaired.

"We have our maintenance technicians ready to go at 8 in the morning to block this off, if the city hasn't taken care of it tonight. So, we have caution tape of our own that we can come and put out, just for the safety of our own tenants and the rest of the residents in Richmond," said Swink.

We have reached out to the city of Richmond, who says they should have an update on Thursday on when the sink hole will be fixed.

Meanwhile, Brandi says she will be doing what she has to do, to make sure people living there are safe.

The Department of Public Utilities says there are no utility failures in the area. However, they did place a barrel over the hole as a safety measure.

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