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Basements flood in West Toledo neighborhood after sewer caves in

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City of Toledo crews are working to repair yet another large sinkhole.

This comes two weeks after one swallowed a car at Detroit and Bancroft.

13 ABC's Christine Long reports from the West Toledo neighborhood where some homeowners are now cleaning up after water backed up in their basements.

This cave-in is curb-to-curb 12 feet deep.  City crews are out here working to make the repairs. A boil order remains in effect for some of these homes.

At the intersection of Grantwood and Yellowstone Drives, city crews are busy after a sewer cave-in caused a water main break.

It happened while workers were repairing the sewer line in a problem spot.

"It was both a sanitary and a storm line which when the water line broke it flooded four basements," says Dave Welch, the Director of Public Utilities for the City of Toledo.

Fans are drying out Jim Williamson's basement.

He had about three inches of water.

"All my carpeting down here is no good," says Williamson. "My walls are going to have to be cut six inches from the floor, I've got numerous personal property that was damaged."

Just a stone's throw away, there's another sinkhole.  Residents say it had recently been repaired and paved over, but you can see it's starting to sink in again. City crews put out more orange barrels.

"Partly, it's an old system," says Welch.

The city's Director of Public Utilities says Toledo isn't alone with the growing sinkhole problem.

"It's nationwide," says Welch. "The infrastructure nationwide is very old and you're seeing is throughout the older communities, the older cities, they're starting to break down."

The other issue is the recent rain.

"We've had 16 days of rain and that stresses the system," says Welch.

Welch says the earliest the Grantwood sinkhole will be repaired is Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, Williamson is upset his insurance won't cover the damage and clean-up.

"Frustrated, but hopefully the city is going to do the right thing and reimburse the residents on this street for their cost," says Williamson.

Welch says drivers need to avoid orange barrels.

Those have been placed where sewers are in need of repair and roads are vulnerable.

13 ABC filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a map and history of the city's sewer system, but the city denied the request based on Homeland Security reasons.

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