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A large sinkhole, about the size of a car, opened up on Thursday night into Friday morning, in the 6600 block of Huntingdon Street in Swatara Township.

The sinkhole opened in the parking lot of the Dakota Way Apartments.

“After 20 years of being in this neighborhood, this is the first time I’ve seen a sinkhole like that.” Roland Johnson, who lives next to the sinkhole, said. Johnson says he didn’t notice the sinkhole until Saturday morning, but he said the sinkhole had already been a danger to people who live nearby.

“My neighbor stopped somebody from backing their car in there, which is good.” Johnson said. Neighbors say the sinkhole opened up overnight Thursday into Friday morning, and the landlord of the building called township officials who helped the landlord block off the sinkhole so no one could fall in.

According to neighbors, the township told the landlord that the sinkhole is the apartment’s responsibility because it’s on their property, and at this time, the cause of the sinkhole is unclear.

“This used to be farm land a long time ago,” Johnson said. “I think there’s underground springs and streams under this neighborhood, and with all the rain and so forth we’ve had the last couple years, it’s not unusual that this happened.”

On nearby streets, areas of sunken ground have neighbors wondering if more sinkholes could open up in the near future.

A large sinkhole has opened under two houses in The Villages.

A picture provided by Helicon Property Restoration, which is working to stabilize the hole, shows a house teetering at the edge.

A spokeswoman for the Tampa company estimated the chasm at 60 feet deep by 50 feet wide. It extends toward a neighbor’s driveway and has gobbled up a large piece of the front yard.

A smaller sinkhole appeared at the site on Chalmer Terrace about three weeks ago, said Battalion Chief Pete Carpenter of The Villages Fire Rescue. Helicon workers were almost finished filling it when they went home for the night Friday, he said.

By morning, after it rained, a second hole had opened.

“It’s one big hole right now,” he said Saturday.

No one was hurt. The owner of at least one of the houses is out of town.

Workers spent Saturday dumping 15 truckloads of concrete into the hole and “hadn’t put a dent in it,” Carpenter said.

“It’s just continuing to grow,” he said.

The Villages is a sprawling 55-and-older community that straddles Sumter, Lake and Marion counties. The sinkhole is on the Sumter side.

The rainy season, which is starting in Florida, increases the chance of sinkholes, experts say.

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Investigators from several city agencies are trying to get to the bottom of how a man wound up in a large sinkhole on a Wakefield street this week.

This Bronx tale began on Monday about 1:30 p.m. when a 6-foot section of the road suddenly collapsed into a 5-foot-deep hole large enough to swallow a medium-sized car in front of 658 E. 234th St.

Jabbari Douglas, 17, said he was standing outside his home when he suddenly heard the ground collapse and heard the sound of someone yelling for help.

“I heard this very loud dropping noise, of the street going down,” said Douglas, a student at nearby East Bronx Academy.

People gathered around the pit, marveling at the sudden sinkhole and several called 911 and 311 to alert authorities.

Inside the pit was a 23-year-old man, whose identity is being withheld by DNAinfo. He was screaming in pain and yelling for medical aid.

“My leg! My leg!” he howled, according to witnesses.

His screams grew even more piercing when arriving paramedics tried to carefully lift him out of the hole before he was whisked to Jacobi Hospital to be treated, witnesses said.

Authorities say the man told them he was playing in a touch football game, had just caught a pass and was turning to run toward the goal line when the road opened, sending him hurtling into the hole.

A couple of the man’s pals supported his story, but his account is being questioned because several other witnesses stepped forward telling firefighters and police a very different version of events.

Two of these witnesses talked to “On The Inside.” They said the man did not topple into the void. …

Part of the street collapsed under the ground Lidersovskiy Boulevard in Odessa.

It is reported by the news agency “Highway E-95.” Collapse area – about 3 m. m

Under the collapse are seen catacombs. In GSCHS service does not comment on the incident.

Translated by Google

Crews are on the scene of a large sinkhole at a Dunedin apartment complex. 

It was reported near 1311 Powderpuff Drive around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

According to Dunedin Fire, the hole measures approximately 10 feet by 10 feet wide and is about 10 feet deep.  As crews analyzed the hole, they thought it may have been a possible collapse of a storm drain.

But, city crews investigated storm and sewer pipes around the collapse and ruled it a definite sinkhole.

A witness told Action News he watched fire crews push a car away from the hole, in case it expanded.  (See video in Media Player)

No evacuations were ordered.

This hole is located approximately 1.2 miles away from a sinkhole that opened on Robmar Road in November, 2013.  The sinkhole destroyed two homes.

Published on Apr 17, 2014

U.S. Highway 40 has reopened after a sinkhole forced an overnight closure for repairs.

The sinkhole was described by the Colorado Department of Transportation as 8-feet wide.

It closed the highway in both directions from Soda Creek to El Rancho around noon Tuesday.

It was reportedly caused by a rusty culvert that gave way due to runoff.

According to KMGH-TV, crews replaced the pipe with a new one capable of handling more water.

Drivers headed to Evergreen had to take Interstate-70 as an alternate route.

Watch out for a left-land closing on Route 173 eastbound here.

A sinkhole on the highway, west of the Route 614 (Little York-Pattenburg Road) intersection caused the closing, according to a report around 4 p.m. from HART Commuter Information Services.

A sinkhole has closed an entrance to a shopping center along MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township, the mayor said this morning.

A UGI subcontractor had been doing directional drilling in that area and soon after the work was complete, a depression began to form on Sutler Drive West, Mayor Edward Hozza said. The Northampton Borough Municipal Authority had a water main break nearby, which was quickly fixed, he said.

But the depression grew Sunday night into a sinkhole, Hozza said. UGI’s Utilities Service Group was responding, Hozza said. …

The hole is about eight feet across and is surrounded by a depression in the macadam.

A second, unrelated sinkhole in the parking lot of the nearby Lowe’s involves a storm water inlet and has been an issue for several days, Hozza said. Lowes has been directed to fix it, he said. The manager of Lowe’s wasn’t available this morning but the person who answered the phone there declined to confirm the sinkhole.

The mayor had advice for every resident of the Lehigh Valley: “Buy sinkhole insurance,” he said. “And make sure it’s for your home and your property.”

Willow Grove Park is closed and will remain so until the village is able to repair a sinkhole at the park entrance.

The sinkhole is in the middle of the gravel road just inside the park gate and it was reported Sunday afternoon by someone going to the park. Street Superintendent Jim Oliver was contacted and ordered the road be closed because the sinkhole was expanding as motorists continued to drive over it on their way to the park.

The issue was raised at this week’s Village Council meeting by Oliver, who said the sinkhole was now about 3 feet wide, with Mayor Dan Bing adding it appeared to be about 12 feet deep. There is an Ohio Department of Transportation culvert about 7 feet down but the sinkhole continues beyond that for several more feet.

“I don’t think we can tackle that,” Oliver told council. “It’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen.”

… Snyder said he was opposed to spending much money on repairing the sinkhole, at least right now, since that funding is desperately needed to repair village streets reduced to rubble by the harsh winter.

“If you have to, plate it and close the park,” he said.

The street department did just that, placing a metal plate over the sinkhole, and the park remains closed. Alisa Gostey, the mayor’s secretary, said no groups have reserved Willow Grove Park’s pavilion in April or May. …

Drive carefully on Mt. Pleasant St. in the Burlington area where there is a huge hole in the road. The West Burlington City Administrator says it’s the size of an SUV and about eight feet deep.

Apparently there was a water main that broke under the road and has been leaking for quite a while. It eroded all the soil under the road and eventually the concrete collapsed. The water main is right next to a storm sewer and the water was leaking into the sewer which is why it went unnoticed for so long. He says it was first noticed around 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 on a section of the road that borders West Burlington and Burlington.

The street is blocked off with cones and repairs are under way. It will take a few days before repairs are complete and the road reopens to traffic.