There is a city of Waltham storm-drainage easement at the border of our property on Winthrop Street. Following hurricane Irene, a large sinkhole developed in our backyard, next the city drainage system . A large tree next to this manhole shifted, and is now leaning over this sinkhole.
We have been in continuous correspondence with the city engineering department over this matter. City staff who have visited the site, are in agreement that the manhole is broken, that the sinkhole is due to the break in the city drainage system, and that it is the responsibility of the city to repair the storm drain, and the damage to our backyard. However, we were told that the city is unable to budget the funds for such repairs, so nothing was done. Meanwhile, the sinkhole continues to enlarge after every rainstorm.
What is a resident of Waltham to do?