MULBERRY, Fla. - Parts of the City of Mulberry are sinking, and city leaders are trying to find money to fix sunken roads and cracked homes.
ABC Action News toured the most damaged areas with city officials on Tuesday.
"This is the phosphate clay," said City of Mulberry Public Works Director Victor Harris.
The clay, left over from the old phosphate mines, is causing all the problems.
"It squeezes and shifts and moves," Harris said.
The clay is creating a settling condition under Mulberry.
On NE 12th Avenue, the city closed a traffic lane back in March, with some areas dipping down 10 -12 inches.
"It has caused a roller coaster effect through here," Harris said.
Now city officials have to find the funds to fix it, removing all the clay and replacing it with good fill, so it doesn't shift anymore.
But these roads aren't even the worst of it.
"I lived here 65 years and i was here before the roads were even here,"said long time resident, Charley Mullis.
He said the shifting ground is creating a bigger problem for the people in Mulberry.
"There's a lot of houses there and they're cracking and their foundation is cracked," Mullis said.
That is city manager Rick John's main concern. He said most people's insurance won't cover these types of repairs.
"We're currently looking into some USDA grant funding to help stabilize that area and as soon we're able to put something together we want to get that to the public as much as we can," Johnson said.
For now, the city is doing what it can with the money it has.
With NE 12th Avenue first on its list, repairs should begin the end of November.
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