MAHANOY CITY, Pa. (WHTM) – A central Pennsylvania family was forced out of their home after a giant hole opened up in their backyard.
Tracey Quick told television station WNEP-TV the massive hole opened within minutes on Saturday night after she and her husband heard odd noises. She said she woke up her three children and got them out of the home because the cracking sound was the foundation shifting as the house began to lean.
Quick said her husband went to check on the noise and was standing in the backyard just two minutes before the ground gave way.
Officials believe there was mining beneath the home near Mahanoy City at some point and an unfilled mine path may have caved. The hole is about 40 feet wide and at least 30 feet deep.
The family is staying with relatives while a team of geologists and engineers come up with a plan to fill the hole.