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Lopatcong Township residents frustrated by sinkhole surge

New sinkholes open up in damage-prone area

LOPATCONG, N.J. - Cones and caution tape surround a pair of sinkholes on Harwich Road in Lopatcong Township, but neighbors say they're worried there could be far more than just two.

"It's just very discouraging," said Lisa Nolan.

Nolan has lived on Harwich Road for 18 years and says her neighborhood is sinking.  She noticed a sinkhole in the street just outside her house a couple weeks ago.  She says there was a water main break and crews worked on the problem for days and in that time discovered a second sink hole.  Now, a portion of Harwich Road is blocked off.
"We can't even park in our driveway or garage we have to park down the street," said Nolan.

While the barricades are an inconvenience, Nolan says the problem stretches far beyond the cones and flags.  Crews also surveyed the ground, marking it up.  Nolan says she's not sure what the pink paint means but has a feeling it isn't good.

"Right in front of our house there's another circle, not sure if that's another sink hole or not," said Nolan.

This section of Lopatcong Township is no stranger to sink holes.  In 2015 a 20-foot-deep sink hole swallowed up a plow truck.  This time, it was a neighbor's mail box.
"I mean what's next? You know God forbid, a house is going to go down," says Nolan.

Nolan says she's happy to see the township working to fill the sink holes but she's frustrated by a lack of information and answers.

"I did email the mayor, I'm trying to see if the township will give us a special meeting," said Nolan.

She says if officials don't get back to her, she plans to attend a council meeting next month.

Nolan and other neighbors say they worry there's no end in sight to the sinking situation.

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