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January 5, 2013

Harrisburg sinkhole swallows backhoe

HARRISBURG — Harrisburg officials expect it will take several weeks to repair damage from a massive sinkhole that forced dozens of residents to evacuate.

The city’s Department of Public Works said it could be another 30 days before water, sewer and gas lines are replaced in the neighborhood where the sinkhole is causing problems.

On Thursday, the massive hole partially swallowed a construction backhoe.

The hole opened Monday morning, and later opened a bigger hole.

A spokesman for Mayor Linda Thompson said the city must replace the entire water and sewer system lines on the block.

The spokesman, Robert Philbin, said new water and sewer lines will not be working for five to six weeks.

Crews were installing temporary pipes to get residents back in their houses.

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