DEP responds to Maspeth sinkhole rumors
by Chase Collum
Nov 25, 2014 | 4978 views | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Following rumors that a recent foundation collapse at a Maspeth home on 58th Road may be related to a nearby sinkhole, the Department of Environmental Protection thoroughly examined the area and found no evidence to support the theory, according to an agency representative.

The official said that what many thought to be a sinkhole in the street was merely a defect, and that after sending multiple cameras into the ground surrounding the home on several occasions, there was nothing to indicate sinkhole activity.

“A sinkhole is caused by running water,” the representative said. “We put cameras down the line, and couldn’t find anything.”

Last Tuesday, a work crew was seen working near the defect in the roadway, though the official reported that this was work being performed by an independent plumber working on the lines for a nearby home.

While the official said the agency doesn’t believe at this point that there are any ground instabilities for neighboring residents to be concerned about, the agency is keeping a close eye on the neighborhood as long as the home at 69-11 58th Road remains partially collapsed.

“We’ve been out there four or five times,” the official said. “Our folks are taking special attention to the work next door.”

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