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Sugar Grove public works battling sinkholes in Windsor Pointe

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – Village officials have filled in several more sinkholes that have opened up in the ground along streets in a neighborhood on Sugar Grove’s northeast side.

The work comes as the latest village action against a problem that has plagued the neighborhood for the past few years.

Sugar Grove Public Works Director Tony Speciale said village workers filled in four holes that opened in the area around St. James Parkway in the Windsor Pointe subdivision, northeast of the intersection of East Galena Boulevard and Route 47.

Speciale said the sinkholes that were backfilled were of varying sizes.

The largest hole, he said, measured about four feet in diameter and about four feet deep.

“All the sinkholes we’re aware of in this round have been filled in,” Speciale said.

He said village officials have returned to the neighborhood several times in the last few years to fill in sinkholes that appear suddenly.

Speciale said the village does not believe the sinkholes are natural, as they tend to occur near storm sewer catch basins and fire hydrants. He blamed faulty backfilling work at the time the sewer lines and hydrants were installed by contractors hired by developers about a dozen years ago.

Windsor Pointe was developed by Wheaton-based homebuilder Wiseman-Hughes, which has since gone out of business.

Speciale said no one has yet been injured by the sinkholes.

He said public works officials check the area weekly for new holes. But he said they are most often alerted to the presence of new sinkholes by residents of the neighborhoods and police officers on patrol.

Residents of the neighborhood, for instance, raised the issue and notified the village of three of the four new sinkholes during a village board meeting earlier this month.

“Between the police and the residents, they are very good at notifying us,” Speciale said.

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