Homeowner sees utility pole, hole as risk to neighborhood children

The pole seen as a safety risk on Burnet Road. (KXAN Photo/Arezow Doost)
The pole seen as a safety risk on Burnet Road. (KXAN Photo/Arezow Doost)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — For months Eddie Floyd has tried to figure out who owns a pole in his backyard on Burnet Road near 45th Street.

There’s only a number on a yellow piece of paper which reads 280779. Floyd says he called the city of Austin to get the pole replaced years ago because he was worried it would fall over.

A few months ago, a crew showed up and started digging a hole next to the pole. Floyd says the hole is still there and he can’t seem to get anyone to do anything about it.

“Kids go through here. This is a trap. They set a kid trap,” Floyd said. “[It’s] half full of water, now they won’t come back and do anything about it.”

The pole seen as a safety risk on Burnet Road. (KXAN Photo/Arezow Doost)
The pole seen as a safety risk on Burnet Road. (KXAN Photo/Arezow Doost)

The hole is in his alleyway and has been there for about two months now. Floyd worries that someone can fall right into the hole, which is partially covered at times.

He was hoping the hole was for a new pole, but now he just wants it filled. “The hole is about seven feet deep and the water is about three feet,” Floyd said. “I want the hole filled up, either put the dirt back into the hole, or put a pole in the hole or put some kind of barrier around the hole.”

Floyd said that what’s frustrating him even more is that he along with his neighbors can’t get any help. KXAN tried to get Floyd some answers.

Austin Energy insists the pole is not theirs, but they will send a crew to look at it since it’s a safety concern.

A spokesperson with Austin Energy said the pole belongs to AT&T.

KXAN reached out to AT&T and have been told they’re looking into it and more information will be available once they have more details.

Oct. 4 update: A crew from AT&T filled in the hole on Tuesday. The company says they will replace the pole sometime in the next few months. “You guys did a great job,” Floyd said. “They came out yesterday after hours. Two guys that really knew what they were doing.”

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