‘Can’t live this way:’ Youngstown neighborhood has sinking ground problem

Water and sewer lines run along the side yards

The near constant rain presents a dangerous problem for people who live along Dover Road on the city's west side.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The near constant rain presents a dangerous problem for people who live along Dover Road on Youngstown’s west side.

The ground is eroding around the 80-year, so holes are appearing along sidewalks, driveways and foundations. One man’s sidewalk heaved up several inches at the end of his driveway.

Susan Garcia has been living on the street for 30 years.

“Our basement is flooding from it,” she said. “The storm sewer is just leaking and our ground falling in. The sewer caps are just blowing off.”

Nothing the city does seems to work for long.

“I told them, dig up the yards. We don’t care,” Garcia said. “Dig our yards up. I can’t live this way. Just dig them up and replace the pipes.”

WKBN talked to city Public Works Director Charles Shasho on the phone Thursday.

He said he knows about the problem, and the issues on Dover Road will not be solved by the multi-million dollar sewer work going on across the city. But he’s working on it.

In the meantime, Garcia and her neighbors are waiting — and watching.

“They say by 2033 everything will be taken care of,” Garcia said. “And I said, ‘By 2033 I will probably be dead and not able to see anything that happened.'”

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