City determining best way to fix sinkholes in Roeland Park - KCTV5

City determining best way to fix sinkholes in Roeland Park

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Two sinkholes appeared in a Roeland Park neighborhood following recent storms. 

Between one property and another on the other side of a fence, the ground has caved in over a span of 50 feet to 60 feet. 

The homeowner said the deepest hole is at least 4 feet deep.

Two Roeland Park homes at 57th and Roeland Drive have deep sinkholes in their backyards. 

The culprit?

"Failed corrugated metal pipe,” said Jose Leon, Director of Public Works. “It's a storm water pipe that collects rain water," said

A section of the pipe has rusted out, which lets the water carve its own path.

According to Leon, the department is looking at several options to fix the problem. 

"One option would be to correct the failed section of pipe that we know about,” he said.

That is a project that would come with a price tag over $300,000. It’s an amount the city has already shifted funds for in the 2017 budget. 

The other option would be to fix not just the failed section, but the whole pipe that runs in the area of that neighborhood.  

"So, there's another corrugated metal pipe that we know about,” Leon said. “It's not in a failed condition, but it will fail eventually. So, that's one of the options we're thinking through." 

A third option would bring on a project that Leon said could take years to complete. 

"A larger scale project that would not just address the field sections of pipe and the other corrugated metal pipe, but some other flooding issues that are perhaps taking place in the neighborhood as well,” he said.

This isn't the first time for failed corrugated pipe in the city. 

"We did have some failed corrugated pipe that happened in the city in 2013 and 2014,” Leon said. “That was in another area of the city, though."

"We will fix it,” he said. “I would say this is a public safety concern if it's not properly addressed."

Public Works will take their solutions to the council meeting on August 21.

The council will then decide which option to go with.

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