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Man Hole Covers Appear To Be Sinking Into The Ground

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A south Moorhead neighborhood is wondering what gives as cones start popping up around man hole covers for the duration of their block. Valley News team's Eric Crest explains how the perceived sinking of the man hole covers is just a dirty trick of mother nature's.


We're used to dodging potholes this time of year. But for those living along 22nd Street South and 33rd Avenue in south Moorhead, they're too busy scooting around the cones.


"My husband and I walk almost every evening so we've been watching this happen through the spring. The cones actually just went up last week," says Sue Cavalier, a resident along 33rd Avenue.


Underneath the cones you'll find manhole after manhole, just about every one of them sitting about two to three inches below the surface of the road.


"We seem to have a gutter or drain areas in the middle of the streets that are sinking," says Cavalier.


The worst part about these sinking man holes is that this pavement was just redone two years ago and residents all along this block paid for the upgrade.


"There were special assessments for everyone. Some were from three to five thousand dollars," explains Cavalier who is hoping she doesn't have anty up again this summer for more work to be done.


But don't worry about what went wrong with the construction of this road just yet. Moorhead Public Works says mother nature is messing with this block and other streets all over town. With nearly 8 feet of frost below the surface the pavement has been pushed up while the man hole covers held their ground. Which will likely be a relief for residents.


"I think it will be interesting to see as the frost goes out if it's gonna fix itself or not," says Cavalier.


The Moorhead Public Works department says that as the frost underneath the surface continues to melt away, we'll see our roads level themselves back out.


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