Adair County sinkhole still not repaired, after driver falls in

PEAVINE, Okla. — People are speaking up after a man recently drove into a sinkhole in Adair County. The crash happened last month in Peavine, Okla., just north of Stillwell, during heavy rain and flooding.

The sinkhole and other roads still haven’t been repaired.

Dakoda Melvin told FOX23 that during all the rain, her husband accidentally thought a sinkhole in the road, was just water early in the morning, before the sun came up.

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Around 4:30 a.m., his car went head-first in the sinkhole. Dakoda recalled he had to climb out, after his forehead hit the windshield.

“He comes stumbling in and he’s like the car is gone,” she recalled. “I’m like ‘what do you mean the car is gone?’ He’s like, “it’s gone. it’s in the hole.’”

Thankfully, her husband is okay. He’s been recovering at home for at least a month, unable to work. Meanwhile, this family says the sinkhole near their home still hasn’t’ been fixed. They’re not alone.

Other neighbors in the Peavine, Okla. area have also been frustrated with other washed out roads. Alex Gasca said he’s frustrated.

He said, “We reach out to the county commissioner for the area, and he says we will get out there, we will get it done. But nothing is done. It seems like he just says what we want to hear.”

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“It’s worse than a rollercoaster, you just hit potholes and potholes, the road is not even,” Gasca continued. He added last month’s flooding hasn’t improved things.

FOX23 reached out to the Adair County Commissioner. He explained there is so much damage in the county, they haven’t been able to get to everything. He added that he hopes the sinkhole that caused problems for Dakoda’s family is repaired by the end of the week.

He said there is a way around the road with the pothole in it.


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