A sinkhole formed on South 17th Street, south of Walnut Street on April 30, 2020 due to a major water main break.
The hole partially swallowed two vehicles and caused flooding in the city street. One of which was a postal service van. After delivering mail packages, half of the truck was already in the sinkhole. According to the Lehigh County Authority, the water main has a diameter of 30 inches, servicing some areas in the city as well as other communities.
Water interruptions were reported by residents because of the incident. A boil water notice was issued for residents in Westmount Apartments. Water quality tests were also done to make sure that there is no contamination.
No one was injured. The authorities have yet to find out the cause of the break.
To find out more about nearby sinkholes in Lehigh County, check this Lehigh County sinkhole map.