Workers start repairs on dangerous sinkhole in metro Atlanta neighborhood

One day after CBS46 exposed a dangerous sinkhole in a DeKalb County neighborhood, workers made repairs on Friday. Wha...

Posted: Feb 11, 2018 1:50 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2018 1:50 PM

One day after CBS46 exposed a dangerous sinkhole in a DeKalb County neighborhood, workers made repairs on Friday. What sounded like a neighborhood nuisance outside Winifred Studstill's home was really music to her ears.

"I'm a happy camper right now," said Studstill, the homeowner with the sinkhole.

Less than 24 hours after she showed us two large sinkholes forming around a storm drain in her front yard, county workers showed up to fix the problem.

"You are giving me the run around, but the news comes out here and, bam! They're here. They could have done this a long time ago," she said.

James Sinclair is a friend of Studstill, and was grateful no one else will fall in the 8-ft. sinkhole like he did.

"I don't know what you told them, but it works," he said. "It seems like when they go on the news, they want to do something, but otherwise they didn't want to do nothing," he said.

Workers poured concrete in the ground to stabilize the foundation of the storm drain, something Studstill believes could have been done when she first complained six months ago.

"I do believe that they see the seriousness of what was actually going on," said Studstill. "It's just sad that it had to get to this point."

"Channel 46 is doing a better job than the county does," said Sinclair.

"CBS is my best buddy," added Studstill. "It's my best buddy, and I truly appreciate you coming. I really do because if you hadn't come out here, I would have still been looking at the same holes."

The county made temporary repairs ahead of heavy rain, which is expected this weekend. They will return to make more permanent repairs in the next couple of weeks.

A spokesperson with DeKalb County released the following statement to CBS46:

In anticipation of heavy rain this weekend, DeKalb County Roads and Drainage Division sent an emergency crew to the location to stabilize the larger holes. This proactive work will prevent further damage until permanent repairs can be made in a couple of weeks.

West Lafayette
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 89°
Kokomo
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 84°
Rensselaer
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 83°
Fowler
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 83°
Williamsport
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 89°
Crawfordsville
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 86°
Frankfort
Overcast
85° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 86°
Delphi
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 85°
Monticello
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 85°
Logansport
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 84°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 45952

Reported Deaths: 2650
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11387679
Lake4872240
Elkhart308543
Allen2677114
St. Joseph184965
Cass16369
Hamilton1484100
Hendricks136699
Johnson1235118
Porter68537
Madison64363
Tippecanoe6408
Clark62244
Bartholomew57844
Howard54356
LaPorte53925
Kosciusko4952
LaGrange4596
Jackson4553
Noble44728
Vanderburgh4306
Hancock42935
Delaware42648
Boone42242
Shelby41625
Marshall4123
Floyd36344
Morgan32031
Montgomery28720
Grant28526
Clinton2792
Dubois2606
White25810
Monroe25628
Decatur24632
Henry23515
Lawrence23124
Vigo2248
Harrison20822
Dearborn20422
Warrick20129
Greene18431
Miami1802
Jennings16911
Putnam1658
DeKalb1594
Scott1547
Daviess13916
Orange13323
Wayne1286
Franklin1248
Steuben1232
Perry1209
Ripley1127
Carroll1092
Jasper1092
Wabash1072
Fayette967
Newton9510
Whitley814
Randolph764
Starke733
Huntington702
Wells681
Jay670
Fulton661
Jefferson651
Washington641
Pulaski631
Knox620
Clay594
Rush573
Benton480
Adams451
Owen451
Gibson442
Sullivan441
Brown381
Blackford372
Posey350
Spencer311
Tipton301
Crawford290
Fountain292
Switzerland250
Martin220
Parke220
Ohio140
Warren141
Union130
Vermillion130
Pike80
Unassigned0194

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events