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Harrisburg mayor says geological study needed at sinkhole site

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse says the sinkhole issues plaguing the 1400-block of South 14th Street are complicated and won't be fixed quickly.

At a separate press event Wednesday, Papenfuse said the city will commission a geological study of the entire neighborhood to figure out exactly what's happening underground.

"It won't be cheap, but it's needs to be done," he said.

This comes one day after a heated meeting with residents, city officials and Papenfuse. There, the city announced that nine homes on the block have been condemned.

Sheena Mosley-Eubanks owns one of the affected homes. She has a giant sinkhole underneath in her basement and has been living in a hotel with her family for the last two months.

"From what I heard last night, once you have a sinkhole under your home, you can never go back," she said.

She and other residents are hoping the city will receive aid from the state and/or federal government. Papenfuse said Tuesday night, that is unlikely.

"The state is dried up (for funds) just like the federal government," he said.

The city says anyone who needs assistance should first try to work through their own homeowner's insurance. They can also apply for rental assistance and other programs through HELP Ministries at 238-2851.
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