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Growing Sinkhole Threatens Hackettstown Home

During the repair of a water main break Friday morning, the ground began to open up on College View Drive and has compromised two properties, police said.

The ground is shown sinking in the area of a water main break on College View Drive in Hackettstown. User submitted photo.
The ground is shown sinking in the area of a water main break on College View Drive in Hackettstown. User submitted photo.
A sinkhole has compromised the ground and safety of residents on College View Drive in Hackettstown Friday afternoon, according to police.

The sinkhole is a result of a water main break that occurred Thursday night. Utility crews were working in the area Friday when the ground began to cave, and has now compromised two properties, Sgt. Darren Tynan said.

Other utility crews were requested to respond immediately to the scene just after 1 p.m. College View Drive is currently closed between Deerfield Drive and Carter Terrace. Water has been restored to residents in the area. 

The properties, 183 and 185 College View Drive, both had damage to their foundations, Tynan said. The home at 183 College View Drive, however, was deemed safe to stay in. The other property, 185, was not deemed safe by the town engineer. No mandatory evacuation has been issued for the residents, however.

The sinkhole was said to be about 40-feet by 40-feet, Tynan said. An engineer and other experts are expected to survey the property again Saturday. 

Check back with Patch for more on this story as it becomes available.

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