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January 10, 2019

Human error blamed for $75M sinkhole in Detroit

  • Officials said the quick release of waste and water into a sewer line in 2016 caused the sinkhole that grew to 100 feet wide and 250 feet long.
  • By COREY WILLIAMS
    Associated Press

    DETROIT — A sinkhole that damaged homes in a neighborhood north of Detroit and cost $75 million to fix was caused by human error that allowed the quick release of waste and water into a sewer line, according to a top county official.

    An engineering assessment determined the surge fractured the pipe in Fraser which drew in sand and created a void in the surrounding soil, Macomb Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller told reporters Wednesday.


     
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