Crews Seal Sinkhole at Florida Fertilizer Plant

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Crews have sealed a giant sinkhole that opened up beneath a fertilizer plant waste pond nearly two years ago sending millions of gallons of polluted water into Florida’s main drinking water aquifer. A spokeswoman for facility owner Mosaic told The Tampa Bay Times that the hole at..

Sinkhole Swallows up Backhoe Digging to Repair Water Main

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Fire officials in New Jersey say no one was injured when a sinkhole opened up and swallowed excavation equipment outside a Hackensack mall. The Hackensack Fire Department says a backhoe was digging to repair a water main at the Shops at Riverside Mall in Hackensack Monday af..

Construction to Prevent New Mexico Sinkhole to Begin in August

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – Work to fill a giant, man-made cavern that is on the verge of collapse in southern New Mexico is expected to begin in August. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the state hired the engineering company Amec Foster Wheeler last month to design and implement the project to shore ..

Philadelphia Sinkhole Prompts Evacuation of Homes

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a large sinkhole in Philadelphia has prompted evacuation of some homes, but no injuries have been reported. The Philadelphia fire department says crews dispatched to the neighborhood northeast of the city center Friday reported that the sinkhole measured 30 feet ..

Parked Car Falls into Hole Formed When Old Water Pipe Breaks

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A major water main break has opened up several holes on a New Hampshire street, and a parked car has fallen into one of them. WMUR-TV reports the empty car was lifted out of the hole in Manchester just before 9 a.m. Wednesday. Officials say the water pipe broke just after 5 ..

California Man, Emergency Worker Rescued from Sinkhole

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Southern California man has been rescued after falling into a sinkhole. The San Bernardino Sun reports the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says neighbors, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters rescued 75-year-old Dennis Love on Sunday after t..

Boise State University Sinkhole Causes Flooding, Traps Fire Truck

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State University officials say a water main break caused massive flooding to stream through a main artery on the campus and trapped a fire engine inside a sinkhole. According to the university, a water main broke Monday evening near the Student Union Building. A fire engin..

Audit Finds $58 Million in Overpayments on Mexico Highway

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An audit has found about $58 million in improper payments and contract irregularities in a highway expansion project that collapsed in central Mexico in July, killing two people. The federal comptroller’s office said contracts were improperly awarded, supervised and carried out. ..

Now a Tropical Storm, Irma Hits Florida with Wind, Flooding

TAMPA, Florida (AP) — A weakened but still dangerous Irma pushed inland Monday as it hammered Florida with winds and floodwaters that created hazards even for rescuers trying to help beleaguered residents. Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm over Florida, but it still had winds near hurricane f..

Man Plunges Into Sinkhole on Brooklyn Street

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City firefighters were called to rescue a man whose leg became trapped in a sinkhole that formed in a crosswalk. The incident happened in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn Tuesday morning. Stephen Suarez says he was returning to work after finishing a delivery when..

Iowa Town Agrees to $195k Sinkhole Suit Settlement

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The City Council has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman over sinkholes that formed on her Sioux City property. The Sioux City Journal reports the council voted unanimously Monday for a $195,000 settlement of Joyce Downing’s lawsuit. Downing sued the city in 20..

Geologists Study Massive Florida Sinkhole

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Geologists are studying a massive Florida sinkhole that destroyed two homes and rendered five others uninhabitable. Experts might ever know exactly what caused Pasco County’s largest sinkhole in decades, but a team of University of South Florida researchers have descende..

Man Falls into 10-foot Sinkhole While Trying to Block it off

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man who fell into a sinkhole says he was putting traffic cones around it because he was worried about the safety of children playing outside. Eugene Clark tells WCAU-TV ( he was near the sinkhole Saturday night when the asphalt gave way and h..

Mexico Experts: Outdated Drain Caused July's Deadly Sinkhole

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A panel of experts in Mexico has determined that an old drainage pipe was to blame for a sinkhole on a major highway that killed two men last month when their car plunged into it. The 34-year-old drain was not replaced as suggested before an expanded highway was built on top of i..

Florida Sinkhole Might Force Condemnation of More Homes

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Ralph Terry, a 73-year-old retiree who lives in a sleepy neighborhood in Florida’s suburbs, seems particularly sanguine about living just a few doors down from a gaping, literal, void in the earth. “I don’t see no cracks in my blocks in my house,” he said on Tuesday, peeri..

Florida Sinkhole Forces Condemnation of 7th Home

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have condemned a seventh home due to a massive sinkhole. Authorities in Pasco County, a suburban area north of Tampa, said in a news release Monday that the additional home was being condemned. This follows two on Sunday and two on Friday, and two other h..

2 More Homes Condemned Due to Florida Sinkhole

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have condemned two more homes due to a Florida sinkhole, bringing the total to six homes that are now unlivable. Authorities in Pasco County, a suburban area north of Tampa, said in a news release Sunday that the two additional homes were being condemned...

Crews Look at Stability of Florida Sinkhole that Ate 2 Homes

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Crews are starting core drilling to assess the stability around a sinkhole in Florida that swallowed two homes and a boat. Pasco County spokesman Doug Tobin said in a news release the work will begin Monday in Land O’Lakes. Tobin says the crews will look for anomalies in ..

Cleanup Planned for Fla. Sinkhole, 5 Homes Still Evacuated

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Cleanup efforts at the site of a sinkhole that swallowed two Florida homes and jeopardized a third house will begin in earnest on Wednesday, as county officials, geologists and insurance adjusters begin the process of figuring out what to do with the properties, local offic..

Officials Worry About Debris in Water Near Florida Sinkhole

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Even though a Florida sinkhole hasn’t grown in several days, officials said that the debris-strewn site is still considered dangerous and that residents of five homes remained evacuated Tuesday due to the dangers. “The sinkhole is not growing anymore … but still dangerous ..

Water to be Tested in Area Where Sinkhole Swallowed Homes

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Emergency management officials will collect water samples to test for E.coli on Monday in the immediate neighborhood where a sinkhole swallowed two homes in Florida. Additional residents in the area — where many people use wells — can have their water tested for a fee. Pa..

Officials: $70 Million Bond Sold to Help Fix Sewer Line

FRASER, Mich. (AP) — A $70 million bond has been sold to help pay for repairs to a sewer line that collapsed and caused a sinkhole north of Detroit. Macomb County officials say Wednesday that the bond will cover most of the $75 million cost. About $5 million from the state also will be used f..

Water Main Break Causes Sinkhole in Maryland

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a water main break caused a sinkhole that has shut down a section of a road in Ellicott City. The Howard County Police Department said in a news release that flowing water created a sinkhole underneath an unoccupied vehicle Wednesday. No one was injur..

Huge Sinkholes Are Now Appearing in the Wrong Places

FRASER, Mich. (AP) — Dora Linda Nishihara was driving in San Antonio one dark evening in early December when she suddenly disappeared from sight. Later, her car, with her body inside, was found at the bottom of a 12-foot-deep water-filled sinkhole that had swallowed the road ahead of her. Two days ..

Iowa Officials Work to Fix Ongoing Sinkhole Problem

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Some Sioux City residents are getting anxious about a spate of sinkholes, typically caused by broken water mains or storm sewers that cause the surface to collapse. Residents worry the sinkholes could cause motor accidents or impact their property, the Sioux City Journ..

Michigan County Awards $32.7M Sewer Construction Contract

The Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District Board has awarded a construction contract, worth $32,710,583, to Dan’s Excavating of Shelby Township to repair the collapsed sewer interceptor along 15 Mile Road in Fraser. The board voted to approve the contract on Monday, March 13, 2017. The ..

Repairs from Macomb County Sinkhole to Take Until Thanksgiving

FRASER, Mich. (AP) – It likely will take until Thanksgiving to repair damage from a broken sewer line that caused a football field-sized sinkhole on Christmas Eve north of Detroit. Macomb County Public Works chief Candice Miller said Tuesday that the cost of the work would be determined Monday when..

Ann Arbor Sinkhole Caused by Leaky Sewer Pipe

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ann Arbor officials say a mysterious sinkhole along a city street is apparently being caused by a leaky sewer pipe. The sinkhole in the middle of a crosswalk was patched Tuesday by city crews and covered with an orange construction barrel, but additional repairs are planned ..

Sewer Break That Caused Sinkhole May Cost Michigan $100 Million

FRASER, Mich. (AP) — The cost to fix a broken sewer line that caused a football field-sized sinkhole north of Detroit is estimated at more than $78 million, Macomb County’s new public works chief says. The project’s cost could rise above $100 million if more work is done to improve the rest of the ..

Most Evacuated Due to Detroit-Area Sinkhole Allowed Home

FRASER, Mich. (AP) — Most residents evacuated following last month’s collapse of a massive sewage line that caused a football field-sized sinkhole in suburban Detroit have been allowed home. Twenty-two houses were affected by the sinkhole in Fraser, including three that were condemned. Officials ha..