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Services provided for Harrisburg residents displaced by sinkhole

Written by Megan Lello | Jan 5, 2013 4:08 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Several organizations are reaching out to Harrisburg residents who have been displaced by the massive sinkhole on North 4th Street in the city. PaWARN is providing water services to the neighborhood for sanitary pursposes. Pennsylvania-American Water and United Water are providing water for drinking and cooking use. 

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People can shower at the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg from 8a to 10p until further notice. The organization is also assisting residents with transportation.

More than 100 people attended a meeting last night with Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson, City Council President Wanda Williams, representatives from the American Red Cross, and others.

Officials say temporary water and sewer units are expected to be up and running by sometime next week, while the permanent systems could be completed in about a month. Gas was restored to the affected neighborhood yesterday.

A massive sinkhole opened up Monday, giving way to an even bigger hole. It partially trapped a construction backhoe Thursday.

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