PELHAM GARDENS, N.Y.—Residents on one block in the Pelham Gardens section of the Bronx - who have been complaining of a sinking feeling - are not going crazy. Turns out their street is literally sinking.
Carlos Valdespino, who lives on Seymour Avenue, says about a dozen sinkholes are visible along Seymour Avenue between Waring and Mace Avenues. He said on numerous occasions he has contacted the city about the problem but nothing major has been done.
"They come, they patch and the next day it starts sinking again," Valdespino told PIX News. "They keep putting band aids on it, but eventually something will happen."
Many residents say the holes not only pose a threat to vehicles but to children who walk down the block.
"If you look even at the sidewalk it's falling in," said one concerned homeowner. "These holes just keep getting bigger and bigger."
For its part, the Department of Environmental Protection issued PIX News a statement, reading: "We are aware of these conditions as DEP has conducted an engineering study at this location and are currently in the process of developing a capital project to address them." It goes on to say, "As the scope and budget to repair the sewer is finalized in the upcoming months, we are hopeful we will be able to resolve the sinkhole conditions that persist at this location as quickly as possible."
Either way, residents in the area are pushing for a fix to the problem now.
"It's causing a lot of problems," said Hemma Kemraj. "Something needs to be done."