Sinkhole Swallows Up Street, Damages Homes After Water Main Break

Monday, Dec 30, 2013  |  Updated 8:44 AM EDT
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Sinkhole Swallows Up Street, Damages Homes

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A large sinkhole created by a water main break has damaged at least two homes and prompted closure of the street.

WFMZ-TV reports that crews were called to E Market Street between New and Center Streets in Bethlehem, Pa. Sunday to fill in the hole and repair the line.

Joseph Bolesky of the city water and sewer department said the sinkhole was about 30 feet by 25 feet.

Royce Prichett said the front door of his home was jammed and there were cracks along the side of the house.

Chris Fowler, who lives two houses down, says his home was also damaged. Both were allowed to stay in their homes following an inspection.

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Ten homes had their water service disrupted and were told to boil their water for at least 48 hours.

A section of Market Street remained closed Monday.

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