After Help Me Hank investigation, work begins on dangerous sinkhole in Detroit

Repair will take time

Work underway to fix sinkhole in Detroit

DETROIT – A sinkhole that kept growing and wasn't getting the attention it deserved was an eyesore and a big danger in a Detroit neighborhood.

That's why people who lived nearby reached out to Help Me Hank. View the previous report here: Residents on Detroit's east side dodge dangerous sinkhole.

The sinkhole was huge, but with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department on scene, it should soon be a distant memory.

Keith Clarke has two daughters and he was concerned for their safety. He was thrilled to see the repairs getting underway.

A viewer emailed, raising concerns over the issue and asking Local 4 to contact the city.

DWSD was quick to respond. The sinkhole was caused by two issues. It was a storm drain that collapsed, which makes it more complicated than a standard sinkhole. The other issue was a slow-moving contractor.

The repair may take a few days.

If you have a problem that needs investigating, contact the Help Me Hank helpline at 313-298-WDIV or email

About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.