CARROLLTON - A Carrollton neighborhood is going downhill, fast. Backyards are slowly sliding into a creek behind a row of homes.
“When it rains, this is a flooding possibility,” Homeowner Sharon Weekes said.
The retaining wall used to be about 12 feet high. That's definitely not the case anymore.
“About May 5th, seven or eight years ago, my husband and our neighbor put up a beautiful fence. The very next day, he said, 'wow, what happened to [our neighbor’s] fence? Part of it is gone.' You can turn around and look at what happened.”
So, a group of neighbors went to the city.
“Back and forth, back and forth. [They said] this is private property, we’re not going to be able to help you. A previous case further down the street, the city fixed theirs. But they completely refused to help the rest of us.”
Then came what looked like the silver lining.
“Five or six of the neighbors sued the city. And about a month ago, a little over a month ago, I was told that they won.”
But for the Weekes family, they’re still living with a sinkhole.
“We have three small dogs and coyotes run free back here, and they will become breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We have three grandsons, and we can’t let them play out here at all because we don’t want them to get hurt.”
Not to mention their home worth $300,000 is now worth about 100,000 bucks.
“We’re between a rock and a hard place,” Weekes said.