After wet spell, 2nd sinkhole opens up in Oregon

This photo provided by Portland, Ore., Fire & Rescue shows a sinkhole in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. A Portland fire official says a woman and her dog have been rescued unharmed after falling into the six-meter-deep sinkhole that opened up in her backyard. Portland Fire & Rescue Lt. Rich Chatman says the woman in her 30s was trying to find her small poodle mix Tuesday night in her dark Portland backyard when she fell into a sinkhole. A neighbor who heard her cries for help called 911. Fire crews used rope and ground ladders to rescue them. Chatman says fire officials at the scene were amazed that both escaped unhurt. The spokesman says a neighbor who shares a property line said both homeowners had been required to do some recent work on their sewage system. (AP Photo/Portland, Ore., Fire & Rescue)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After a wet spell unusual even for Portland, Ore., a second homeowner has found a sinkhole in the yard. But this one didn’t swallow anybody.

Firefighters on Wednesday put up yellow tape around a 20-foot-deep hole at the southeast Portland home of Justin Nguyen.

The discovery came a day after a faculty member at Oregon Health and Science University and her puppy were trapped for 45 minutes in a hole that city workers determined was a century-old cesspool that collapsed. Firefighters rescued the woman and dog unharmed.

KGW-TV reports ( Nguyen is still researching what happened at his property and how to fix it. In the meantime, he told the station he’s moving out.

A worker at a company that locates and decommissions old cesspools says there are thousands in the Portland area, and they can be risky if they weren’t properly filled. Decommissioning can cost $1,700.

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