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Multiple sinkholes and utility line breaks frustrate residents

Some homeowners south of Lake Nokomis are leaving the neighborhood, and others worried about paying high project bills


$18,500.

That’s how much Andrea and Dave Vogeo are paying to repair their water line.

The Vogeos have been living in their home on 16th Ave. S. between Edgewater and E. 57th St. since 1976, and are both retired. They are in their 70s, and live off Andrea’s Social Security check. On June 24, 2019, they began dealing with a water break, having trouble washing dishes, doing laundry, taking showers, and more. The break wasn’t fixed for a month.

“It’s frustrating,” Vogeo said.

They have also been dealing with a tree limb that came down in a storm.

“It was a bad week,” she stated.

When the Vogeo’s line broke, they peered into the hole and saw chunks of asphalt inside, pieces that should have been removed with the repair to their neighbor’s break the year before. They suspect that the rubble left in the hole contributed to their line break, and they think that the city or prior repair company should be covering the cost of this fix. The Vogeos are just the latest in a long line of issues that have occurred along this stretch of street since 2015.

In all, there have been nine sewer line breaks, one water line break, and too many sinkholes to count.


Read entire article HERE.


(Nokomis/Hiawatha Water Sustainability)


"Multiple sinkholes and utility line breaks frustrate residents"; By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN; Longfellow Nokomis Messenger; August 19, 2019

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