Get it Fixed: Washed Out Culvert in Duluth Neighborhood

By KBJR News 1

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -There's an unwelcome neighbor along West 24th Street in Piedmont Heights.

"It's really dangerous, it really is," said Ron Lindgren.

It moved in the day the floods hit, right next door to Lindgren.

"There was a real mess in the backyard afterward," he said.

A clogged culvert left behind this washout, hard to miss during the day. But when the sun goes down, the danger, becomes more apparent.

"20% of the road is missing," he said. "If you fell in there, there would be no way, you'd roll over, it's that steep."

Several feet at least, and if you couldn't tell, Lindgren has concerns.

"It's a safety issue right now. They haven't touched it."

Even after city crews made at least five visits to the wash out. He eventually took the matter into his own hands.

"That's my cone out there," Lindgren explained. "They didn't have any when they were here, they asked me to leave it)

What's more surprising is Lindgren and neighbors say the issue dates further back than the floods.

"I reported the culvert being plugged in August of 2011, so it's over a year ago since I first called about it," he said.

He says he wants it fixed, before winter arrives.

"If it doesn't get repaired before the snow flies, what's going to happen with plowing and so forth, it's really dangerous."

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