Poplar Grove organization steps in to repair garden sinkhole


POPLAR GROVE, Ill. (WIFR) – A sinkhole lies in the backyard of a woman’s home where it nearly claimed the life of her dog, and now, a year later, a nonprofit steps in to make sure no one else gets hurt.

Kelli Cipolla discovered a three-meter-deep sinkhole in her garden after Groot, her black lab, fell into it. The father of her children heroically climbed up to save the dog and pulled it out while waiting for the fire brigade to arrive.

“He was actually in the hole crying and swimming,” Cipolla said, “I’m grateful my dog ​​wasn’t hurt.”

National Geographic Society reports that a sinkhole forms when water dissolves surface rock, this may be from rainfall where water collects in cracks in the ground. It could be how we formed in the back of Kelli’s court.

“I didn’t know how far it was going; I didn’t know how far it crosses my yard,” she said.

Kelli couldn’t fill the hole herself because of a motorcycle accident that took her left leg in 2009. She says no contractor wanted to help her, so she’s now turning to the members community for help.

“I just feel like if you live in a community, the community should come together for help,” Cipolla said.

lion’s club, which is a non-profit organization, stepped in and offered their services after Cipolla expressed their need for help. Now they are determined to raise enough money to close the hole before anyone else gets hurt.

“It’s not usually a Lions Club type thing that was usually more vision-related, but we’re the only service organization in town…probably around $1,000 is what we’re going to have to raise for this,” said Glenn Herrmann, President of the Lion’s Club.

The Lion’s Club accepts donations on its website and visit its Facebook page for more information.

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