Residents who live near Nunan Street and Rutledge Avenue in Charleston say two damaged and exposed utility holes are presenting a serious danger.

Joetta Palmer said children regularly pass the holes that apparently were crushed by trucks bringing in lumber and other materials.

The vehicles back over the metal and puncture it, she said. “You could actually hurt yourself extremely bad,” she said.

Crews have left orange cones over the holes but Palmer said that’s been an ineffective fix because the markers are often removed or placed elsewhere.

“It’s dangerous,” especially for the local children in the area near Mitchell Elementary School, she said.

Palmer said she raised the issue with the city before but nothing was done. A city official today was looking into the report.