Hozza said those owners did not have sinkhole insurance, stressing: “It’s imperative for every resident or property owner in this township and in the Lehigh Valley to have sinkhole insurance. Call your insurance carrier and make sure you have sinkhole insurance.”

Hozza said four sinkholes have opened in Whitehall in the last three years, including one on a commercial property where the owner does have sinkhole insurance. He said the first to open was at 303 Florida Ave. The owners of that ranch home did not have sinkhole insurance.

Ginder said the township would face huge fees if a sinkhole should impact four or five houses. “I don’t know where the money would come from out of the public till here to clean these messes up.”

“It’s becoming like a common occurrence around here,” said Linda Snyder, president of the commissioners.