Water main break causes sinkhole in Ephrata

(Credit: Ephrata Police Department)
(Credit: Ephrata Police Department)

EPHRATA, Pa. (WHTM) – Ephrata Police Department tweeted, “Sink Hole at West Pine Street and Park Ave. continues to grow.” Police have deemed the area unsafe and are evacuating residents again.

Previous: A 12-inch water main break caused a large sinkhole near apartment buildings in Ephrata.

Police say the water pressure eroded the ground at Park Avenue and West Pine Street, collapsing the road by 6 a.m. A caller reported getting a flat tire and seeing ripples in the road about an hour earlier.

As a precautionary measure, police evacuated two nearby apartment buildings. There was a gas line in the area of the collapse, but the line did not rupture. Residents were allowed to return by 11:30 a.m.

Authorities said repairs would take two to three days.

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