Every time Forest Hill homeowner Max Danieli leaves his house, he braces himself because of a deep sinkhole that sits unrepaired right in front of his driveway.
The damage is so bad that Danieli said when vehicles pass, the gravel goes flying “like a bullet.”
“It’s been three to four weeks we’ve been calling 311 and we have no answers. They’re supposed to call us back and they never do,” he told Global News.
The sinkhole on Kilbarry Road is around three-and-a-half feet deep and blocked off by a few pylons.
Danieli said he is concerned it won’t be long before a car is badly damaged or a pedestrian is hurt because vehicles are mounting the curb in front of his home to try and avoid the sinkhole.
He pointed out tracks from weeks of rerouted traffic on either side of the road and a licence plate that lays on the ground.
“We’ve been collecting hubcaps and licence plates,” Danieli said.
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He said four licence plates have fallen off vehicles that mounted the curb and ended up hitting their rear fender.
Ellen Leesti, a spokesperson for Toronto Water, said there is no way of knowing how long it will be before for the City of Toronto can repair the sinkhole.
In an email to Global News, Leesti said the sinkhole “is the result of both water service and sewer infrastructure issues.”
It began in early March with a water service leak reported nearby and immediately repaired by the City. But two weeks later, the sinkhole appeared and City of Toronto staff made arrangements to have the sewer infrastructure investigated.
“The initial investigation found the sewer had a significant amount of gravel in it. As a result, the sewer needed to be cleaned before investigation could continue,” Leesti said.
The timetable means further frustration for Max Danieli, who said “for the last 27 days they did nothing.”
However, he said he is relieved that the City of Toronto reports the drinking water is safe.