What's wrong with this picture?

March 27, 2011
  • Outer Drive resident Kenneth Checkeye sent in this photo of flooding at the intersection of Outer Drive and Haven Road. He is concerned the lack of drainage will lead to a sinkhole.
Submitted photo

The problem: When it rains, water collects in the road on Outer Drive near its intersection with Haven Road.

Kenneth Checkeye, who lives on Outer Drive, said the flooding problem has been going on for at least 20 years.
“My concern is, are we going to end up with a sinkhole there?” Checkeye said.

“I can’t imagine where it’s healthy for the roads, and for a safety concern, you hit that thing wrong and you get a good dose of water.”

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown

What they say: Hagerstown Public Works Manager Eric Deike said city employees examined the area Friday morning and discovered an old drainpipe crossing under Outer Drive that had been buried and was no longer functioning.

“It’s completely covered over,” he said. “Apparently it’s been blocked for longer than I’ve been here.”

Deike said workers would go out and attempt to dig out the pipe, probably in the next couple of weeks, depending on the weather.

 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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