Ephrata residents returning home after sinkhole evacuation

(Ephrata Police Department)

EPHRATA, Pa. (WHTM) – Some residents who were forced out of their Ephrata apartment buildings after a large sinkhole formed on their street are getting the okay to return home.

Borough officials granted permission for residents to return to an apartment building at 226 W. Pine St. late Thursday afternoon.

Authorities still aren’t sure if a water main break that spilled 300,000 gallons of water caused the sinkhole that opened early Tuesday.

Crews plan to begin filling the hole when repairs to the storm sewer pipe are complete. An inspection of properties on Park Avenue cannot begin until then.

Borough officials estimate that work to fill the hole will be a “six-figure” job. They said the money will come from reserve funds.

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