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Residents question why sink hole is still a visual and smelly mess

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It's more than an eyesore, it's also hard on the nose.

We're talking about a sink hole that's plagued a Port Arthur neighborhood for more than two years.

We first reported on the smelly sink hole in June, and days later the city council passed an emergency resolution to spend almost $84,000 on fixing it.

But more than a month later, the hole, which has water and sewer lines running through it, is still a nuisance, and neighbors say it poses a threat to their safety.

Sherryl Lockhart fears her grandchildren or other neighborhood kids will fall in it and get hurt.

She says initially the city just had a tarp held down by sandbags over the hole, and now there's a plastic fence.

Port Arthur City Councilman Kerry Thomas told 12News that work is taking place, but he admits there was a delay when a water line had to be relocated.

He expects the project to be complete by late next week, and to come in under budget.

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