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Officials: Fix to massive Philly sinkhole could take days

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Water Department says it could take days to fix a sewer pipe and water main that led to a sinkhole that was large enough to swallow two cars in the city’s Fishtown section.

Workers inspect a sinkhole in Philadelphia, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. The Philadelphia Water Department said a water main break caused the sinkhole to open up on the street. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A 30 foot-by-10-foot hole that was 5 feet deep developed after a six-inch water main broke sometime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday. The hole on East Boston Street is now a 70-foot-long gash as workers access the lines that must be repaired.

Workers inspect a sinkhole in Philadelphia, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. The Philadelphia Water Department said a water main break caused the sinkhole to open up on the street. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Twenty homes on the block are without water and natural gas service to six residences has been shut off as a precaution. Water department spokesman John DiGiulio says the gas service can’t be safely restored until the water and sewer line problems are fixed, and that could take several days.