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 (http://bit.ly/1bOXJBc) 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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