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A huge sinkhole with a depth of 20 to 30 feet opened in a retention base behind many residential properties at MacIntosh Crossing in Palmyra, Lebanon County on July 8, 2019.
A safety barrier was placed around the hole to keep people away from it. According to the officials from the MacIntosh development group, this is the second sinkhole that appeared in the area. The first one was filled just three months ago. Crews were looking into ways to fix the hole and ensure that it would not get even bigger.
Sinkholes have been a common occurrence recently in Palmyra. In fact, this is the fifth sinkhole to open in the area this year. One of them was formed on Route 117. There was also a hole that closed some parts of Route 422. One of the Palmyra residents said they know that the borough is prone to sinkholes since it has limestone underneath.
Lebanon County Representative Frank Ryan said issues are expected when a town was built on top of limestone. He said he is looking into the factors that cause sinkholes and ways to stabilize at-risk areas.
To find out more about nearby sinkholes in Lebanon County, check this Lebanon County sinkhole map.