EAST LIVERPOOL - The appearance of a large sinkhole in the parking lot of American Legion Post 374 on Parkway has members planning a public benefit Sept. 28 to raise money for its repair.
The sinkhole was the result of heavy rains July 10 that caused flooding in much of the city's East End, with a culvert becoming clogged from debris dumped in near the Macrum Street area, according to promoter Kim Tucker.
With no flood insurance, the Legion is unable to pay the estimated $22,000 cost of replacing a 150-foot pipe and refilling the sinkhole.
Hoping to raise funds to repair this large sinkhole in the parking lot of their post home, members of American Legion Post 374 in East Liverpool are hosting a benefit Sept. 28. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)
Tucker said the pipe alone will cost $17,000 since it has to be custom ordered.
The estimate does not cover the cost of blacktopping over the repairs, she said, which may be done "eventually."
The benefit will be held in the Bingo hall at the Legion post, with doors to open at 3 p.m. and a Chinese auction to start at 5 p.m.
"We have a lot of good prizes, a lot of donations for the auction. Local businesses were real generous," Tucker said, adding that raffles will also be held, including one for a Steelers basket that holds a Steelers jacket among other items.
Local musician Dave Morgan has donated his time to perform from 6-9 p.m.
There will be a cash bar.
There is no admission charge, with all proceeds from the Chinese auction and raffles earmarked for the sinkhole repair.