Fishing in the Streets of Detroit

Four-year-old sinkhole in East Detroit stocked with bluegill, goldfish and carp

“When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade … Well, when life gave some Detroiters a sinkhole, they made a fishing hole.”

That’s the introduction WXYZ reporter Kim Russell received when she recently went on location for a live report on a sinkhole in East Detroit that’s since made national headlines.

Residents around Hull Street and McNichols Road say the sinkhole has been around for at least four years, so someone decided to stock it with bluegill, goldfish and carp.


“We like our fish, but honestly we’d like the road fixed,” resident Pete Bolden tells Russell.

Road markings show that utility company DTE Energy had at one point started utility work at the site, the city says. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department says it has no record of any work being done, or requests to have it fixed.

“While we are still investigating how the damage occurred on Hull Street, we are working collaboratively with the city to make sure the road is repaired and safe for the residents who live in the area,” DTE Energy told ABC News in a statement.

The water in the hole is from a leak that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is currently trying to track down, according to Gregory Eno, a spokesman for the department.

Eno told ABC News the department has reached out to the individual who put the fish into the hole and that they are hoping he will remove the fish. If not, the department may work with local animal control to “safely remove the fish and relocate them to another habitat,” he said.

Source: WXYZ, ABC News


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