Harrisburg Sinkholes Cause Citizens to Evacuate
Series of press statements as released by the City of Harrisburg:
Released December 31st at 12:47pm:
At approximately 7:30 am this morning, while on a scheduled trash pick-up the rear wheels of a six-ton city trash truck collapsed into a sink hole at the vicinity of 4th and Maclay Streets.
No one was injured and crews from the city and UGI are at work on the site now under the direction of Public Works Director Kevin Hagerich. It is estimated that it will take several hours to back-fill the sink hold so the truck rear wheels can be elevate by a crane and driven from the site. The sink hole will then be repaired.
Released December 31st at 5:29pm:
City garbage The incident was apparently caused by soil erosion beneath the street surface resulting from a damaged water pipe connection. The break could result in an increased risk of microbial contamination to residents in the neighborhood. Work continues at the site throughout the night and water and gas services have been shut off during the repair.
Attached is the boil water advisory issued today to the impacted homes on the 2100 block of N. 4th Street. Residents specifically affected, from 2102 to 2163 N.4th Street, have been notified door to door. See Advisory here.
Released January 1st at 1:10pm:
Second sink hole collapse, affected 4th street citizens asked to evacuate
A second sink hole on 4th street in the city collapsed at around 11:00pm last night, resulting in the loss of water, gas and sewer services to the neighborhood.
Due to the prolonged loss of these utilities, the city’s Department of Public Works is recommending the immediate evacuation of affected residents at addresses 2102 to 2163 N.4th Street.
A temporary emergency shelter, located at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 234 South St. Harrisburg, PA, has been provided by the American Red Cross.
Photo of second sinkhole by William Cluck.