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Contact 9: Large, water-filled hole in Baker neighborhood posed danger to children

The water-filled hole is more than three feet deep, enough to overwhelm a small child. (Source: WAFB) The water-filled hole is more than three feet deep, enough to overwhelm a small child. (Source: WAFB)
BAKER, LA (WAFB) -

Residents in one Baker area are fed up with up a huge, open hole full of water in their neighborhood. Those residents want the city to fix it.

Reverend William King lives in that area near the hole. He says it has been there for two months, and because of the apartment complex across the street, the hole needs to be filled as soon as possible.

"You have hundreds of kids in this apartment complex," said King. "We are going to lose our children to a hole of all places! There is enough gun violence as it is, and we have a hole here?"

"I'm a tax payer," King added. "They need to get off their fanny and do the job."

The water-filled hole is more than three feet deep, enough to overwhelm a small child.

Baker Department of Public Works Director Julie Mccloch says workers damaged a telephone pole while working on a water tap and they left the hole open. She says she has contacted the telephone company. Because of budget constraints, she says she has been short staffed so it has been hard to schedule crews to fill the hole. 

But, after several calls, crews managed to fix the problem by filling the hole with dirt.

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