Neighbors: Dangerous street hole needs to go

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s the neighborhood watering hole nobody wanted.

People who live near Broadway and Anderson say someone’s going to get hurt because of a big hole in the road that’s a few feet deep.

Neighbors say it’s been an ongoing issue for two months, starting with a water main break.

“We called on Friday and then over the weekend, it just kept flowing and kept flowing,” said Mayra Gonzales, who lives in neighborhood. “It starts like a little hole that sinks, and you can see the water coming out.”

After the latest incident a few weeks ago, they say, there’s no sign of the big hole being repaired anytime soon.

Neighbors say it would be too easy for somebody to accidentally drive in the hole or fall in, especially because there’s an elementary school across the street.

“Kids are always playing in it,” Gonzales said.

News 13 made some calls and now it’s the Water Utility Authority that found itself in a bit of a hole.

They said the last time there was a water main break, there was a work order to fill the hole, and that was on July 11, 2014.

A spokesperson said he didn’t know why it’s taken weeks for someone to fill it, but admitted someone dropped the ball.

The Water Utility Authority says they’re sending an emergency crew out Saturday morning to fill the hole.

A few neighbors say they called 311 about the problem. But News 13 learned 311 doesn’t directly handle Water Utility Authority issues, and requests may often be delayed because of the city has to determine whether it’s their jurisdiction.

The city says people who call 311 are given “ticket numbers” and are always welcome to call back to check on the status of their requests.

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