West-side woman's yard pockmarked by growing number of sinkholes

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by Brix Fowler / KENS 5

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Posted on March 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 4:18 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Kiyoko Rieves has lived on the 6200 block of Apple Valley Road for more than 40 years. But now the 89-year-old is afraid her home may suffer the same fate as one in Florida last year.

"What's going to happen? Am I going down a hole?"  Rieves wonders.

That's because the house is pockmarked with seven sinkholes in the front and backyards that have continued to get bigger over the past several months.

"It's very unusual. I think it's very, very weird," says neighbor Stacey Regino.

One was so large a family of strays,  "Momma", "Taco" and their six puppies, were using it to stay warm at night. That is until Animal Care Services took them away Tuesday afternoon.

"It's unbelievable to see them all in there in that one little hole," says Regino.

It's unclear right now what is causing all of the sinkholes. Representatives from both the City of San Antonio and Councilman Ray Saldana's office did stop by to check on the woman nicknamed "Katie Nanna".

But if anything is going to be done, she'll have to do it. That's because the sinkholes are on her property.

The whole ordeal has Kiyoko's neighbors searching for answers.

"I've lived here 40 years. I've never seen anything like this. Never had any issues and all of the sudden the ground starts sinking. Really?" says Regino.

 

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