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It's a sinking situation in south Harrisburg dealing with the city's sinkholes.

Officials are responding to Mayor Eric Papenfuse's letter to County Commissioners on Tuesday. In the letter, Papenfuse asked about grant money to fix sinkholes of the 1400 block of South 14th Street. The letter follows news that the city "most likely" would not get any money from the county's grant disaster recovery fund.

Dauphin County Chief Clerk Chad Saylor says the mayor is overreacting.

"It's these letters, these accusations; these public attacks are doing nothing to help the folks of south Harrisburg," Saylor said. "We've got to move this process forward as fast as possible. So, we believe that project is flood related, we believe that once HUD takes a look at it, they will agree and approve the project."

Mayor Papenfuse wants to know the status of the grant application and about the rest of the grant money. Saylor says although Harrisburg is not eligible for the first round of funding, the city could still receive money in the next round of grants.