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Why near West End sinkhole has neighbors baffled

Posted at 11:34 PM, May 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-04 07:54:21-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A warning for drivers in the Near West End of Richmond after a sinkhole opened on Tuckahoe Boulevard. The sinkhole, which is nearly two feet deep, is the latest of Richmond’s roads to cave-in.

"You see it on the news, but you don't think it will happen on your street ,” neighbor Sara Parson said. "I could have driven through it and hurt my car.”

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The hole, which is located in a quaint neighborhood just off Libbie Avenue, has neighbors like Morgan Berry befuddled since the road was recently repaved.

"This street has been repaired a lot [and] from what I’ve seen they should of found it when they repaired it,” Berry said.

Those who live on Tuckahoe Boulevard said they first noticed the hole on Saturday.

“He was running after it and he almost fell into it,” said young Kailyn, who reported that her father Bryan Durand was almost injured before he spotted the hole.

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CBS 6 reporter Joe St. George, Bryan Durand and daughter Kailyn.

Quick-thinking neighbors added cones to warn drivers before city crews added their own cones on Sunday.

"There are a lot of kids in the neighborhood so hopefully no one trips and gets hurt,” Durand said.

Officials with the Department of Public Utilities told WTVR CBS 6 News that sinkhole repair time is based on what is actually causing the sinkhole and the complexity of the repair. That said, easy-to-fix holes can usually be repaired within hours.

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