Ephrata Police chief Bill Harvey said dispatches received a call about a pothole just after 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at Park Avenue and West Pine Street. The pothole grew and the street collapsed with the sinkhole spanning about 45 feet in length and about 25 feet deep.
The hole collapsing caused a minor water main break and came close to damaging a gas line. UGI Utilities crews set up a bypass for the natural gas and the water was diverted, Harvey said, adding that no one lost gas or water service and no injuries or deaths occurred.
Two apartment buildings were evacuated on the adjacent streets: residents from eight apartments were displaced on Park Avenue and four were displaced at apartments on West Pine Street.
(thanks to Ed Webb, before the next sinkhole gets him)