Allentown sinkhole may force graves to be moved

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - December 30, 2011

Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Paul Hoffman tells The Morning Call of Allentown that Coroner Scott Grim may decide Friday whether to move the graves. Fire officials say 54 graves are threatened by the approaching water.

Hoffman says the coroner's office asked the Union and West End Cemetery Association for documents related to the cemetery. Association officials say families own each individual plot and they aren't sure where the graves could be moved.

Five homes have been declared structurally unsafe because of the sinkhole, which formed Thursday morning when authorities discovered a water main break. Officials aren't sure which happened first, the water main break or the sinkhole.

No injuries were reported.


Information from: The Morning Call,

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