Sinkholes are a growing problem in DeKalb County – WSB-TV Channel 2

As DeKalb County works to fix a massive hole in one person’s yard, we learned the problem was expanding into other yards nearby. They are all part of the same drainage system.

Channel 2’s Investigative Reporter Ashley Lincoln looked into this issue last month and now even more people, like Sinead Snow, are being impacted.

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“The amount of dirt we’re having to constantly fill,” Snow said, “this is years of us trying to get ahead of the problem.”

Last month, we showed you a growing sinkhole at Amanda Hammett’s house in the Sagamore Hills neighborhood.

“I am frustrated, I’m mad at this point,” Hammett said.

After that, we questioned the county about what residents described as a long-delayed repair.

Since that story, the county has quickly worked to replace the rusted and broken storm water pipe.

Snow’s home is just two streets over and that same water line empties out into her back yard.

She says for years they’ve been dealing with sinkholes and flooding on their property. And currently the wall to the storm water drain has collapsed.

“It’s not a north DeKalb problem, south DeKalb problem: It’s a DeKalb problem,” Snow said.

Yoland Gantz lives in Lithonia and reached out to us after seeing our original story

She said they’ve been dealing with a sinkhole for years.

“This has been going on since 2014,” Gantz said. “At one time it was a dark hole.”

The hole was so bad at one point that their mailbox fell in. She says the county has responded in the past, but treated the symptoms rather than the underlying problem.

“They’ve just filled it with debris and asphalt and nothing has really been done. They didn’t fix it, they just covered it up, ”Gantz said. “Now the bigger problem is when is it going to get fixed?”

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The county hasn’t responded to our recent request, but they did tell us they are investigating the concerns of Gantz and Snow.

The county did say the pandemic has significantly slowed down repair time frames.

“It’s not a valid excuse when it’s been years,” Snow said.

We did find out the county did send out workers to look at Gantz’s property, but they haven’t given an update on either property.

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