Contact 2: Job site mess still not cleaned months later

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – An underground telecommunications project has left a massive eyesore in a south St. Louis County front yard.

Months after the project began, it appears the work site was abandoned.

“I see this big dangerous hole,” said Maria Holmes, pointing to the mess outside her home.

Look a little closer and you’ll also find more than 100 feet of telecommunications cable in Holmes’ front yard.

“I came out because they did not knock on my door. They did not ask me my permission. I asked them, ‘What are you all doing?’ They said, ‘We’re making some cables for the internet.’ I said, ‘I hope you clean this when you’re all done.’ They said, ‘Yes, we will,'” Holme said.

More than five months later, the work remains unfinished, and Maria says she still doesn’t know who’s responsible for the mess left behind.

“I have no idea. They never told me. They did not say to me ‘This is our card. This is who we are. This is the name. If you want to call us or talk to anybody.’ They didn’t say anything to me of that manner,” Holmes said.

FOX 2 visited Green Park City Hall. The city administrator said whoever did the work didn’t apply for a permit or contact Missouri One Call before digging. There’s no record of the work. He said he’s still trying to get to the bottom of it, and now we are too.

“It’s making it very dangerous for my husband who has Parkinson’s and dementia. Sometimes he gets disoriented. One time he almost fell. And it really scared me,” Holmes said.

We’ll continue to follow this story and bring you any updates as we get them.

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