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Giant hole from storm water getting worse in Clarksville

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Employees of Adopt an Auto and Merba's Gallery on Fort Campbell Boulevard in Clarksville say storm water runoff has caused their parking lot to cave in.

“It’s the talk of the town when people come to our car lot. We are known as the hole, as the giant hole in our lot,” said Tyler Lee with Adopt an Auto.

It started out fairly small, but business owners say it kept expanding. Now they worry someone is going to get seriously hurt.

“That’s what I worry more about, someone getting hurt falling in,” said Emanuel Azan, owner of Merba’s Gallery.

Azan said he has begged the city for help, but they refuse to fix it.

The city says it's not their problem. Spokesman Richard Stevens sent Channel 4 this statement:

The City of Clarksville evaluated the sinkhole in 2016 in response to a request by the owner of Merba's Gallery, which is next door to 2469 Fort Campbell Boulevard.

In essence, the City's review indicated the hole is the result of the failure of a privately built drainage system.

Jack Frazier, Clarksville City Engineer, concluded that between 1969 and 1974, someone went in to an old stream bed and built a drainage structure of some sort and put buildings on top of it. The City never took it over, and the City has no easement to the property.

In an attempt to assist the owner of the Merba's Gallery property with his insurance claim, Frazier wrote a letter stating the hole and the failed drainage system under the building were not the city's responsibility to maintain.

Insurance won’t cover it either.

“I just want to see it fixed,” Azan said.

Azan said he wants to fill the hole, but city engineers told him it would make the road flood.

“If it’s not the city's responsibility, why can't I block it up? Why can't I cement it in?" Azan asked.

He said fixing it himself would cost more than $25,000.

“The emotional trauma is almost worse than the physical, because every day I have to look at it,” Azan said.

City officials said using taxpayer dollars to pay for the hole on non-city property would be set a bad precedent.

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