Sinkhole on residential street causes concerns in Southwest Philadelphia

A Southwest Philadelphia woman says she's been fighting with city officials to repair a dangerous sinkhole in front of her home for the last 6 months and now officials are confirming  the bad news: the several thousand dollar fix is her responsibility.

Renee Newby sent us cell phone video of children playing inside the four-foot long sinkhole along the 6500 block of Kingsessing Avenue.  According to Newby, city officials slapped a couple of pieces of plywood over the hole last spring and walked away.  The city says they'll supply a temporary fix to keep children out of harm's way, but the sinkhole was caused by a faulty pipe from her home, so it's her responsibility to fix it or else the woman's water could be turned off indefinitely.

"When you have one hole in street it can continue to get worse which is why water shut off is an option," PWD spokesperson John DiGiulio.

"It's a lot of money and no I don't have $10k to repair the street," Newby told FOX 29.

The city says as long as customers are current on their bills they'll work with them. The Water Department offers interest-free payment plans to help offset the brutal bill.

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