|Published 520 days ago|
A sinking feeling on Ivy Street
A sinkhole on Helper's Ivy Street between Main and 100 West streets Tuesday comes close to swallowing an SUV that had parked there before the pavement gave way. By Wednesday morning, city workers had excavated to determine the cause of the collapse. D. J. Romero does a depth sounding with a tape measure and finds that the cavern beneath is about 19 feet deep. The holes i square, surrounded by four concrete walls. Public Works Director suspects that it was either a septic tank or a well ages ago - most likely a septic tank. It had been covered over, then water, sewer, phone and gas lines installed on top of the dirt. Eventually the top of the empty tank gave way and the dirt layer on top began to disappear into it.
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