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Town: Beware of Sinkholes on The North Shore

Conditions can be very dangerous, experts say.

First responders were in Manhasset Saturday morning, when a woman opened her door and to her surprise found a large hole in her front yard.

"This is a sinkhole – it was caused by all the rain we had yesterday and last night," said North Hempstead Office of Emergency Management Director Tom McDonough. "Ninety-five percent of the Manhasset area and other areas of Nassau County – mainly on the North Shore – have cesspools and they create these sinkholes."

These sinkholes, he said, are very dangerous, adding, "People need to stay away from them – they can swallow humans."

Sean Hassett June 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Anybody have any idea how to find out if there is some old unused cesspool on one's land?
Ranger Sewer June 25, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Ground Scan will locate what's underground.

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