Houston woman waiting weeks for city to repair driveway

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on September 12, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 10:46 PM

HOUSTON -- For Rae McBride of Houston, walking is not always easy. It is now even harder.

McBride said she called the City of Houston about a month ago to report a leak at the end of her driveway on Wood Mist Drive. She said crews came right out to fix it.

But they have yet to fill in a huge hole they made on her property. Three weeks have since gone by.

“It’s just they come here and they left this,” McBride said. “I can’t get in or out of my driveway or garage.”

It has forced the 73-year-old into a new routine as she recovers from the recent replacement of both of her knees.

“I’m having to walk across the yard to get a car in a neighbor’s driveway,” McBride said. “I understand I’m not the only person in this city, but they have crews.”

She worries she may also be vulnerable whenever she ventures alone from her yard. At a time when doctors’ appointments still fill her days, worry fills her nights.

“I may fall,” McBride said. “Who’s going to pay for my medical expenses -- not the city.”

A spokesman for the public works department said there can be issues obtaining concrete in the summer months. He said there are simply too many water main breaks to keep up.

He admits the department is still behind on its restorations, something that McBride already knew. He could not clarify how soon crews might come to her home.

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