WABC: ‘Giant sinkholes in Queens after Hurricane Sandy’ — Paper: ‘Alarm street may collapse’ — Expert: ‘I’m extremely concerned what’s visible isn’t the full extent of it’ — Officials blame underground utility lines (VIDEO)

Published: November 23rd, 2012 at 7:46 am ET
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Title: Giant sinkholes a problem in Queens after Hurricane Sandy
Source: ABC 7
Author: Jeff Pegues, Jennifer Matarese
Date: Nov 20, 2012
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Giant sinkholes a problem in Queens after Hurricane Sandy

First they were flooded by Hurricane Sandy and now they’re being swallowed by sinkholes.

Some of the sinkholes are 10 feet deep in Queens.

Residents are worried about further damage to their homes and whether the ground their standing on could literally cave and crumble. [...]

Officials with the Department of Environmental Protection [...] say they believe it has something to do with a sewer line that runs under the backyards. [...]

Title: Rockaway residents getting that sink-ing feeling
Source: NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Author: Lisa L. Colangelo And Irving Dejohn
Date: Nov 19, 2012
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Caption: Residents have noticed a cluster of similar holes on their properties, causing alarm that the street may collapse.

[...] Storm recovery volunteer Steve Major picked up on a pattern of the holes as he was going door-to-door for a relief group last week along Beach 68th St. near Bayfield Ave.

“I’m extremely concerned that what’s visible isn’t the full extent of it,” said Major, an engineer and construction worker who came from Phoenix to lend a hand in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. [...]

After the deluge, the water must have gone underground, said [Resident Adolfo Richter], 67. “It’s down there somewhere and now I’m really scared.” [...]

Meanwhile, mother-of-two Danielle Hernandez said she fears for the welfare of her grandmother, who has the sinkholes in her backyard. “It’s nerve wracking,” she said. “You don’t know. The ground might shift.”

Title: Sinkholes in Far Rockaway Caused by Storm-Damaged Pipes, City Says
Source: New York Times
Author: COLIN MOYNIHAN
Date: November 22, 2012
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[...] “I’m worried that my house is going to sink,” Eleanor Alexandre said recently, surveying one of the holes, which was several feet behind her home on Beach 67th Street. “That hole looks like it has gotten bigger.”

For more than a week, the origin of the sinkholes was a mystery. But on Thursday, New York City officials said it had been solved: they were caused by damage to water and sewer lines. [...]

A spokesman for the city’s Environmental Protection Department said workers had determined that the sinkholes had been caused by damage to private water and sewer lines that run beneath backyards.

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