Officials: Repairing large sinkhole may take 1 week

EPHRATA (AP) — Authorities in a central Pennsylvania borough say it could take a week to repair a large sinkhole that opened on one street, prompting evacuation of several apartments.

Ephrata police chief Bill Harvey said the hole was reported Tuesday evening and grew to about 45 feet long and 25 feet deep, collapsing the street.

Officials said the hole collapsed the street, causing a minor water main break, and came close to damaging a gas line, but UGI Utilities crews set up a bypass for the natural gas and the water was diverted.

Two apartment buildings were evacuated on adjacent streets, displacing residents of a dozen units.

Harvey said crews are working to determine why the sinkhole opened but it probably was limestone sediment that is susceptible to water erosion.