Edna Burgess has no idea why her neighbor dug a foot-deep long trench between her driveway and his front yard. But she says the hole has been there at least five years. Burgess’ son, Zachry Vavra, 32, fell into it as he was unloading pizza from his car earlier this month. He injured his back and wasn’t able to get his leg out of the hole. They called 911 to get him out.
Burgess wanted to know if leaving a trench open violates building codes or city rules, so she went to City Hall to get some answers. That was a week ago, and she says she’s no closer to having an answer, or to getting rid of the hole.
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The problem: A homeowner says a trench next to her property is dangerous. Her son fell and was injured.
Who’s responsible: Travis County road and bridge department
What they’re saying: After talking to several city of Austin departments, homeowner Edna Burgess says that because she’s just outside the city limits, the county plans to send a code compliance officer to inspect the trench to possibly force her next-door neighbor to fill it.