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June 18, 2003

MECKLENBURG COUNTY TO BEGIN REPAIRS ON SINKHOLE AT MASTERS INN

Charlotte, NC- Mecklenburg County will begin resolving the sinkhole problem at Masters Inn, 2701 East Independence Boulevard, on Thursday, June 19.  The owners of the Masters Inn cleared the way for Mecklenburg County to make the necessary repairs by opting not to replace the drainage pipe that collapsed more than a week ago.

The property owners expressed a desire to replace the pipe and the parking lot asphalt that were damaged during the June 7 storm, but found the cost prohibitive.  Mecklenburg County plans to remove both the failed culvert and a second parallel culvert. An open stream will run along the motel's parking lot when the project is completed.

Mecklenburg County expects the entire project will be completed in four weeks.  The estimated cost is $250,000 - $300,000.  Given the current state of the culvert, there is an increased flood risk to Independence Boulevard and surrounding businesses.

Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services provides a comprehensive program for protecting lives, property and the environment through innovative storm water and floodplain management. In 1994, Mecklenburg County established the storm water utility to manage the floodplains, maintain the large creeks throughout the City and County, and improve and maintain storm drains on public and private property in the towns and the unincorporated areas of the County. Services are completely funded by the storm water fee paid by all owners of developed property.

For more information on Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services, check the Web site www.stormwaterservices.com.  To report flooding or other storm water problems, or for general information, residents can call City-County Customer Service at 704-336-RAIN.



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