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The City and contractors won't finish repairing a 20-foot-deep sinkhole on the Southeast Side until June. Meanwhile, people like Laide Giwa--who lost her car to the hole--are still recovering.

Southeast Side residents endure sinkhole aftermath

by Tara Kadioglu
May 2, 2013


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Fidel Hernandez, with his infant son Daniel, can't forget watching his car hanging by two tires over the sinkhole on his Southeast Side street.

Imagine living with a gaping 40-foot-wide, 20-foot-deep hole in your neighborhood. Chicago's Southeast Side sinkhole, which recently ate up three cars and hospitalized one victim, is still undergoing repairs. In the meantime, the safety of residents is unclear. We'll hear from victims and learn how the city and its contractor manages the dangerous problem of sinkholes.