Sinkhole swallows elderly Parma woman's leg

Posted at 11:44 PM, Oct 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-01 23:44:00-04
Mysterious sinkholes popping up all over a Parma woman's yard may be a mystery no more.

An elderly woman's worried son-in-law called the city and after she fell into one. The 93-year-old woman was able to free herself and is doing okay.

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A Parma sewer inspector said rotting trees removed years ago are now creating sinkholes in the yard, but the woman's son-in-law, Tom Spitzer, believes the real culprit is a massive water main break that flooded the area several years ago.

"When you look at the size of the cavernous area of the erosion around it, I don’t believe that’s dead roots," Spitzer said. "I believe there’s some water movement through there to create that size of a hole.”

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Spitzer said he will now fill those holes with gravel and topsoil in order to prevent them from growing and threatening the foundation of the house.

The sewer inspector on scene recommended filling holes any place trees have been removed.


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