YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Local Resident Claims Sinkhole is Forming
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CREATED Sep. 30, 2013
BERMUDA DUNES - Vicki Lamaison from Rancho Mirage owns several properties on Avenue 42 in Bermuda Dunes, which one in particular takes a heavy hit each time it rains.
"I'm concerned about the flooding in the apartment building I bought. It not only happened once, it happened twice," said Lamaison, pointing at the ground in her property's backyard next to the electrical pole.
She added that the ground is getting weak and forming a sinkhole due to the heavy flooding last month.
"What happened was that there was trenches totally across here that were four feet wide and probably two feet deep, and the mud was about six inches going through the pathway, and it went all the way from the back of my building to the front of my building," explained Lamaison.
A wall separates her property's backyard and a house sitting on the Bermuda Dunes Country Club. According to Lamaison, the country club is to blame for the problem.
"It [rain] tore out another trench on their road because there's no curbs or gutters or any drainage for their water," expressed Lamaison, "I was standing there with their security guard who told me...they knew that there was a flood problem because it was going into their homes."
There are two big holes under the house across from hers. She said it's the country club's property being damaged as well as hers. According to Lamaison, if the problem isn't fixed, it won't be safe for her tenants.
"I can't have the damage continuing to happen, I certainly worry about having a phone poll go down," said Lamaison, "They've devalued my property thousands of dollars. Who wants to buy a piece of property that's now in a flood area? They literally made my apartment building into a wash."
The Bermuda Dunes Security Association (BDSA) within the Bermuda Dunes Country Club Homeowners Association is responsible for "streets (potholes, cracks, street drainage and drywells)" inside the country club. BDSA hasn't responded to KMIR6's inquiries on the matter.