By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Screenshot, NBC 7
April 4, 2017 (Santee) – At a special meeting this week, Santee’s City Council voted to authorize spending up to a half million dollars to repair sinkholes that threatened to undermine several homes on East Hartland Circle and Ryder Court.
Winter rains ruptured aging pipes from the 1950s that connected to city storm drains and ran below private property, creating sink holes up to eight feet deep. The city had initially refused to pay for repairing the damage, arguing that the city wasn’t liable since easements were not accepted before Santee became a city in 1980.
But after a lawyer threatened to sue the city on behalf of homeowners, the city opted to fund the repairs and avoid delays that could have led to even further damage.