Repairs continue after sinkhole in Lower Macungie

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November 11, 2013 2:27:31 PM PST
Repairs continued on Monday after a sinkhole opened on a road in Lower Macungie Township, Pa.

The Action Cam was there as workers dug out the area impacted by the sinkhole in the 1300 block of Highland Court.

Witnesses Diana Vargas and her fianc?e, Dan Witczak, said they heard a loud noise around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

They soon noticed the water wasn't running, then Witczak saw something odd: a depression in the road.

They called the Lehigh County authority, which sent a crew to check it out.

A few hours later, a large section of a road caved in.

"That was pretty scary. Actually Dan, my fianc?, saw it from our house and I went outside to get it quickly on video. It was happening pretty quickly," said Vargas.

"They marked it and started excavating it and found a big hold under the asphalt," said Witczak.

In fact, the workers found a hole 25 feet wide and 15 feet deep.

A six-inch water line was involved, but authorities weren't sure if the line was leaking and caused the sinkhole, or if the line was broken by the sinkhole.

"We can get in there and look and investigate and try to figure that out, but this is a limestone geology area where sinkholes are very prone to be formed through natural activity, so it's a little bit difficult to tell," said Liesal Adam of the Lehigh County Authority.

Fortunately, the couple has sinkhole insurance.

Until repairs are complete, the couple - along with their neighbors - have access to a temporary water system.

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