Pennsylvania sinkhole prompts evacuations

 Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Several dozen people in Allentown have been forced to find new homes at least temporarily after a sinkhole opened under their street. Officials in Allentown said the hole spotted by a resident at about 1 p.m. Saturday prompted evacuation of a block of row homes. Fire Chief Robert Scheirer said officials hope to be able to shore up and repair the homes, but residents would probably be displaced for a few days or longer. Engineers will send a robotic camera down to see how deep the hole is and test how fast it’s spreading.