PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After a wet spell that was unusual even for Portland, a second homeowner has found that a sinkhole opened in his yard -- but fortunately, this one didn't swallow anyone.
A faculty member at Oregon Health and Science University and her puppy were trapped for 45 minutes on Tuesday, in a hole that city workers determined was a century-old cesspool that finally collapsed. On Wednesday, firefighters put up yellow tape around a 20-foot-deep hole at the home of Justin Nguyen in southeast Portland.
KGW-TV reported that he's still researching what happened and how to fix it. In the meantime, he told the station he's moving out.
A worker at a company that locates and decommissions old cesspools said there are thousands more in the Portland area, and they might also collapse in the future if they weren't properly filled. Decommissioning can cost $1,700 for each incident.
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