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New concerns about sinkhole in North Catasauqua

NORTH CATASAUQUA, Pa. - There are new concerns about a sinkhole that opened up in a Northampton County neighborhood three years ago.

Neighbors say the sinkhole is causing a house to collapse in on itself, and Monday night they began to worry the whole thing might fall down.

They say they're frustrated the building's owner won't fix the problem and say they've put up with an eye sore long enough.

"The only thing living in there now is feral cats," said one neighbor, David Lehrer.

Neighbors are divided about what to do about it.

"It's his property and should be allowed to try to fix it," said Jason Fogel, Jr., another neighbor.

The sinkhole opened up in 2014, causing structural damage to a duplex and a single family home next door.

Both properties have been uninhabitable since, and some neighbors say they're tired of wondering what may happen and want the homes demolished or cleaned up.

David Lehrer, who lives directly across the street says he started to worry Monday night when he heard the house start to move.

Lehrer says neighbors called town officials and they came with heavy equipment, ready to take action but the property owner, William Soldrich, filed an injunction that banned anyone from touching the property.

While 69 News was speaking with neighbors, a woman who identified herself as Soldrich's mother arrived to take photos of the properties.

She says uncovered insurance claims are keeping her son from fixing the houses and says it's been a frustrating three years for everyone in the family.

"If you have nothing coming in and you have a mortgage how are you going to fix it?" she said.

69 News reached out to the borough of North Catasaqua several times Tuesday for comment, but officials did not return our calls.

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