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Steptoe Street hole getting long overdue repairs

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KENNEWICK, WA. -- Remember the giant hole in the wall in Steptoe Street in Kennewick? Well it's finally getting fixed! 

After being an eye sore for more than 700-days, the retaining wall on Steptoe Street next to Columbia Center Estates, is finally getting some much needed work. The sign next to it says "We Fixed It". Although the work isn't done yet, several community groups are volunteering their time and their money to give this wall some overdue help.

Crews started repairing the wall on Monday. the estimated $5,000 project is being done for free by a group of community organizations including Umpqua Bank, Everstar Realty, National Property Inspections and Thorn Construction, all working together to help out the woman who's backyard includes the wall.

On Monday morning we talked to Barry Long from Everstar Realty who helped make this all possible. He says it all started with a note he left on the homeowner's door. 

"The homeowner has just been dumb founded," Long said. "Just jaw dropping. She's been in tears. I saw her last weekend at the home show, just so thankful. And I think she's making a pot of white bean chili for the guys working!"

Long said the most difficult part of getting repairs started was finding the exact brick from the wall that was built 33-years-ago. They finally found a match from a company in the Midwest.

Crews also discovered the wall was much more severely damaged than first thought. So it will take the rest of the week to finish the work. Then workers will paint it over to make it the same color.