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Emotions run high for residents affected by 14th St. sinkholes

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Residents of the 1400-block of South 14th Street in Harrisburg brought their sinkhole concerns to Harrisburg officials Tuesday night.

According to Councilwoman Susan Brown-Wilson -- who helped organize the meeting at Mount Olive Church -- nine homes on the block have been condemned since March 20, when a series of sinkholes opened up on both the street and on private property. Homeowners said they have nowhere to go.

"It's stressful. Look at me," resident Sheena Mosley-Eubanks said. "I can't keep a straight face. I'm tired."

Mosley-Eubanks, her husband and their four children have been living in a hotel for the last two months. She said the city has been virtually silent on the issue until now.

"We're looking at rental assistance from the city standpoint as well as relocation assistance," Mayor Eric Papenfuse said. "That's why we're having this conversation -- to really figure out what people's needs are and how we can best address them."

But several residents said they left the meeting without the answers they came for.

"When are we going to get to the bottom of the line to find out what is wrong with the street? When are they ever going to fix it?" resident Maria Vargas said.

Papenfuse said he could not provide a timeline on when the road will be fully repaired. Capital Region Water said its engineers are waiting on the results of a city geological study before repaving the road.

In the meantime, affected residents can call City Hall for a free home inspection, Papenfuse said. To find out if they qualify for rental assistance and other services, residents are asked to contact HELP Ministries at 238-2851.
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