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Pennsylvania Sinkhole Forces Family to Evacuate Home

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A pickup truck dangles over the edge of a sinkhole the swallowed parts of two residential yards Wednesday morning, Jan. 25, 2017, in the Philadelphia suburb of Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania. (Emily Casher Loomis via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 04:40 PM

A 30-foot-deep sinkhole opened up overnight Wednesday in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, swallowing front yards and driveways and forcing one family to evacuate their home.

The sinkhole opened up between two homes, one of which was for sale and unoccupied, according to the New York Daily News. The other family was relocated, but had to leave through the back door because the front was blocked. 

No one was injured in the early morning incident, which took place around 4 a.m., the Daily News reported. No work was being done in the area, and local authorities are investigating possible causes for the sinkhole.

A white truck hung over the edge of the hole, and 60 to 65 people in the area were without water after a water main broke when the sinkhole opened, CBS Philly reported.

Utility crews pumped cement into the hole Wednesday after one of the homes appeared to begin sinking. Authorities don’t expect the hole to get any bigger and say that it is stabilized.

Neighbor Kurt Baker came outside to see what was going on after noticing his water pressure was low. “I heard a loud boom and what they heard was the water rushing through,” Baker said, NBC Philadelphia reported.

Baker and others whose water was affected will have to boil their water for a few days once it is restored by Aqua Pennsylvania, CBS Philly reported.

It wasn’t clear whether insurance would cover the damage to the homes and property. Esurance told NBC sinkholes are only covered when a “ground movement” rider was added to the policy.

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A 30-foot-deep sinkhole opened up overnight Wednesday in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, swallowing front yards and driveways and forcing one family to evacuate their home.
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