Rain and aging infrastructure behind recently-formed sinkholes in Roeland Park

August 10, 2017 - 7:09 am

Some homeowners in Roeland Park are worried about two sinkholes that have formed around storm sewer pipes in recent weeks. 

The holes near 57th Street and Roeland Drive are small but still large enough to create a falling hazard for adults. 

The culprit, engineers say, is heavy rain and old plumbing.

"Considering that neighborhood's over 40-years-old, that metal's just rusted over the years," said Jose Leon, director of public works. "Little by little, the rust gets washed away, and before you know it, you have no flow line or bottom on the pipe."

Replacing the failed pipe could cost $360,000, according to a story in the Shawnee Mission Post. The city has moved funds in the 2017 budget to cover the construction.

City officials will discuss the issue at a council meeting August 21.

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