Benton Harbor residents question city's infrastructure after sinkhole

NOW: Benton Harbor residents question city’s infrastructure after sinkhole

BENTON HARBOR, Mich.--- Benton Harbor residents are raising concerns after a water main break caused a sinkhole to form on Friday. The city is also dealing with lead issues in the water from its pipes. 

Rahim Abdullah has lived in Benton Harbor for 35 years. He said he was not surprised that a water main break was the cause of the sinkhole. 

"The infrastructure is so bad here in the city of Benton Harbor that something like that could happen," said Abdullah. "I just hope it doesn’t happen again." 

Abdullah says he has doubts that the city would be able to handle another major infrastructure failing due to what he calls a lack of funding. 

"We have problems with our streets and whatnot. We have a lot of holes here and until those things addressed, I’d hate to see us have another catastrophe like that," said Abdullah.

ABC 57 reached out to city officials for comment but did not receive a response.

Abdullah says that although Friday's sinkhole created a unique circumstance, he does not believe that Benton Harbor is the only place that could use an upgrade in infrastructure. 

"Maybe the state or something could step in and help us out but right now I go to different cities in the state of Michigan and I see the same problems," said Abdullah 

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