Halloween skeletons put to work on Evanston sinkhole

This article was written by Stephanie Babych on August 7, 2018 for The Calgary Herald. Thank you so much for bringing this to light. Hope everyone enjoys the article and our take on what to do with Sink Holes.

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Neighbourhood kids look at a sinkhole at the corner of Evansfield Rd and Evanansfield Terrace NW in Calgary, on Tuesday August 7, 2018. Leah Hennel/Postmedia

A northwest family is highlighting the horrors of the city’s slow response to a large sinkhole on their street, enlisting the help of some Halloween skeletons to make their point.

On Friday afternoon, part of the road collapsed in front of the Piraux family’s home in Evanston, creating a sinkhole filled with muddy water. After calling Calgary 311 multiple times to report the hole, the frustrated family dug through their Halloween decorations to have a little fun with it.

“We are pretty known in our community as the ‘Halloween House.’ We live on a corner so we really do Halloween, like we have a 15-foot skeleton, we do a whole graveyard and usually have five skeletons hanging around,” Jordan Piraux said Tuesday.

“(Monday) afternoon, we were sitting around kind of bored in the community and we thought, let’s just put some skeletons in the hole and see what happens.”

They dressed the skeletons in safety vests and hard hats, placing them in and around the sinkhole to make them look as though they were doing construction, in the absence of actual city workers.

“It’s kind of joking that the city isn’t there and the skeletons are doing the city’s job. It’s a good joke,” said Piraux.

She said the neighbours had priceless reactions, asking if the family was already setting up for Halloween.

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Neighbourhood kids look at a sinkhole at the corner of Evansfield Rd and Evanansfield Terrace NW in Calgary, on Tuesday August 7, 2018. Leah Hennel/Postmedia

But while the family is taking a lighthearted approach to the sinkhole, it is preventing them from getting one of their vehicles out of the driveway.

And Piraux said they’ve seen a number of near crashes as drivers try to avoid the obstacle.

It’s not the first time this year residents miffed by a slow response from city crews to repair damaged streets have been creative in expressing their ire.

In June, a large pothole in Mayland Heights that had irked neighbours for months was filled with soil and flowers, a colourful message to the city.

The Piraux family is hoping city crews will be out to repair the road quickly, so they can continue life as normal.

The city did not immediately provide a comment about the status of the repairs.

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