Heavy storms create massive Indiana sinkhole in the backyard of a house.
It was never clear which of three towns was responsible for repairing a small hole in the Castro’s backyard. Then Mother Nature forced the issue.
August 25 2014, Indiana – The ground gave way in the pouring rain during Saturday’s storms, creating a 40-by-30-foot sinkhole. Letitia and Frank Casto have been fighting for years to get what used to be a small sinkhole fixed in their northwest Indiana backyard. Because of where the hole sits, it was never clear which of three towns was responsible for the repairs.The sinkhole sits on an easement adjacent to the Casto’s property line. One half of their town home is in Dyer, the other half is in Schererville, Munster is across the street.
“Nobody wants to claim it because it’s going to cost so much money to fix,” she said.
Then Mother Nature forced the issue this weekend. The ground gave way in the pouring rain during Saturday’s storms, creating a 40-by-30-foot sinkhole. Five of the Castro’s trees fell into the hole in the storm.
The towns called in a construction crew that’s already working to shore up the hole and fix the collapsed storm sewer pipes that caused it. The sinkhole is a high-risk issue that needs to be fixed immediately.
But who is going to pay is still unknown… The three towns are working on an agreement to figure out who will pay for the repairs, which could take weeks to complete.
Castro is glad a years-long problem is getting a solution, but she’s still on edge.
“It’s scary,” she said. “They guaranteed me that it won’t get to the house, but they also told me this would never happen.”