As Sinkholes Worsen, State and Village Fight over Cost
Jan Myers isn't sleeping. The sinkholes outside of her home in Castile, New York continue to grow larger with every rain storm.
"Oh my god. It's gotten bigger since the last time we looked," she says. "Any of this could collapse at any time."
Since we first visited her home last week, the holes on her lawn have only gotten worse. She says one is 15 feet deep.
"It's about tripled in size," she explains. "I'm terrified. How much bigger is it going to get? How fast? The next time it rains."
So why hasn't anything been done since they were discovered? Acting Mayor Dennis Miller says the estimated $100.000 needed to fix it is more than the village can afford.
"It's a very costly project that we feel the state of New York should be covering," Miller says. He explains that the sinkholes are a result of the drainage from Route 39, which is a state road. Miller credits State Senator Patrick Gallivan for working to secure a $50,000 grant. He wants the state DOT to help with the rest.
"They should step up and take care of this problem for the family."
Jan doesn't care who pays for it, she just wants it fixed, before it's too late.
"Doesn’t seem like anybody cares about the danger of it. They just care about the money, and how much it’s going to cost,” Myers says.
13 WHAM reached out to the Department of Transportation, they say they're aware of the situation. Right now they are still investigating who is responsible for paying it.