Massive sinkhole continues to grow, forces evacuations in Ephrata

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EPHRATA, Pa. (WHTM) – Jack Farnquist Jr. recalled the moments that led up to a massive sinkhole opening in Ephrata.

“I heard the last collapse,” he said. “I actually felt the vibration in my bathroom floor.”

Farnquist is now out of his apartment, the closest to the sinkhole that swallowed parts of Pine Street and Park Avenue.

“I can’t believe it,” he told ABC27 News.

The sinkhole opened Tuesday morning and forced evacuations from 12 apartments in two buildings. On Wednesday, crews dug to find a broken storm drain pipe.

Ephrata Mayor Ralph Mowen said the sinkhole could be as deep as 60 feet. He said the borough will have to dip into its reserves to pay for repairs.

Farnquist said he is staying with his daughter until he can figure out what’s next for him.

“I’m just glad all of us are out of the building,” he said. “It’s sad for all of us because we have a lot of belongings still in there.”

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