Three homes located near a water main break that caused a sinkhole on E. Market Street on Sunday have sustained structural damage, according to Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan.
The extent of the severity of the damage was still being assessed as city workers continued to repair the sinkhole early Monday evening, Callahan said. At that point, the damage was not so severe as to force evacuation.
The busted water main was repaired as of Monday afternoon and water service restored to the neighborhood. With the sinkhole not completely backfilled, however, E. Market Street between New and Center streets remained closed.
A hole seven feet deep, 20 feet wide and 40 feet long opened up in the street on Sunday morning.