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Public Works misses deadline to fix deep ditches in San Jose

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Updated: 2/05 6:31 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Not much has changed with the drainage project on Miruelo Circle in San Jose. Action News went to scope out the situation almost three weeks ago, and was back out there Tuesday after neighbors complained about the problem's not getting fixed.

The mound of dirt hasn't moved, the pipes are still lying on the ground and those dangerously deep ditches haven't been filled yet. We went back to the same neighbor we spoke to before who said he's fed up.

"After the last time we spoke, we did expect some action to be taken, but no nothing has been done," said neighbor Joshua Brough. 

What's worse, the recent rainstorms have made things even messier. One neighbor showed the deep holes forming not even two feet from the road.

He said one bad turn around the corner could cause the ground to cave in. "This is unbelievable. This is the biggest boondoggle I've ever seen," said neighbor Butch Berrey. 

Not only that, he said he found his wimpering 17-year-old Cocker Spaniel stuck in the ditch last week. "She had fallen down in the ditch, she couldn't get out, poor baby was all wet," said Berrey. 

Berrey said he contacted the city Tuesday looking for answers and so did we. On January 17th, Public Works agreed to fill the ditches.

What it was waiting on was a price estimate from its contractors, which we were told it would have by January 28th.

One week later Public Works said it's still evaluating the price, and that evaluation will take another one to two weeks to complete. "It's just more hoops we gotta go through," said Brough.

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