Seven months to fill a hole? Plant City neighborhood frustrated

Plant City residents are battling over who's at fault.

Plant City, FL -- Talk about frustration. In Plant City, people living in one community have been dealing with a hole on their street for more than half a year now.

On the day it opened up, likely from a pipe eroding the soil beneath, one woman was hurt, and neighbors are now at their wit's end.

They’re even more worried after the fire department told them they won’t use their street for fear it may collapse under the weight of their truck.

“I mean, how long does it take?” asked Carol Greco, who found the hole in front of her house back in March when her daughter Lynette, visiting from New York, fell in. 

“All of a sudden she was down. And we didn't know what happened. She said, ‘Mom I can't get out, because my leg is in a hole,’” said Greco.

Fortunately, Lynette wasn’t badly hurt, but since then it's been a seven-month battle -- and counting -- to get the hole fixed.

Neighbors at The Meadows community say it's a private road, so they need the property owner, Equity Lifestyle Properties, to get it done. 

“A man came out from Hillsborough County,” said Greco, “He looked at it and said ‘Had this been us it would've been fixed a week later.’”

One of the biggest concerns say folks who live in the community, is not necessarily the length of the whole -- which runs about 9 1/2 feet. It's the distance that the hole runs out into the street underground.

Using a tape measure, 10News came up with about 5 1/2 feet.

That's forced the community to put up cones and yellow warning tape blocking the neighborhood’s Oak Island Circle.

Heavy trucks, fearing a cave-in, are forced to go around the block, including delivery vehicles and emergency vehicles. 

“I am ticked,” yelled neighbor Anne Leach. “I am talking lives here!”

Neighbors have banded together now, asking code enforcement to step in.

“Well, maybe they would get on it and get it fixed,” said neighbor Dorothy Chutter, “Surely it wouldn't cost as much to fix it as if they kept dillydallying around paying fines.”

10News WTSP went to the management office for an explanation. They referred us to the corporate office in Chicago.

Three hours later, a company spokesperson assured us a contractor had now been hired and repairs would begin early next week.

After so many months, grateful neighbors they wonder if they're being told the whole truth. 

“I’m tired of being treated like we don't matter,” said Leach. “But we do.”


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