CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Where did all the water go? That's what a Cheektowaga familywants to know after the backyard swimming pool drained itself dryin a matter of minutes.
Carrie Craven said, "What do I do? What do I do with the bighole in my yard and my kids and my dog and how are we, what are wegoing to do?"
Lots of questions after the Craven family had the fun literallysucked out of summer last week when a sinkhole opened up undertheir pool, sucking out all the water while children wereswimming.
"They were yelling, "Get out of the pool! Get out of the pool!"Because we didn't know if it was going to fall down, if the wholepool was gonna sink underneath us," described Carrie.
Every drop of water gushed out, flooding the yard, and thendisappearing into the hole.
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Carrie said, "I was concerned because my son is only3-years-old. If he was in the pool and he didn't get out, he couldhave went down there. He would have fit in that hole."
Everyone is safe, but really missing the pool. Cheektowaga hassent out a town engineer, a sewer inspector, and a pool codeenforcer. Utilities inspectors have been there, too. Nobody knowswhat's down that hole, but they suspect an abandoned well or aseptic tank. The next step?
"I guess I've got to start digging. I already started digginginside the pool. And I spoke with the town and he says you don'twant to start digging deeper than four feet with a shovel and Isaid, "I'm already past six feet and I haven't hit anything yet,""said Bryan Craven.
Bryan says he can't afford a backhoe, so for now he's doing itall by hand.
Bryan explained, "I want to fill the hole in with stone orsomething. I just want to make sure it's safe. If it gives wayagain, I don't want anybody in the pool to possibly drown if theygo down that hole. That's the main concern is safety."
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