According to Lehigh Valley news on May 27:
Two Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, residents have sued the city of Bethlehem and its water authority after sinkholes in late November made their home unlivable.
The suit, filed in March by attorney Charles Bruno, claims the water main was improperly installed more than 40 years ago and that the city was aware of numerous leaks and at least four main breaks over the years.
The plaintiffs also contend the city was too slow to detect the location of the water main break in front of the couple’s house, even though several neighbors reported a loss of water pressure to the city authority’s hotline. The city took “four or five hours” after receiving notice of problems to locate the main break and didn’t shut off the water until 10 p.m. despite being notified of issues in the late afternoon and early evening, court papers say.
The water main break caused the driveway to collapse, sinkholes throughout the property, the sinking of the front and back porches, a cracked foundation and cracked walls, court papers say.
The Eateses tried to get a “prompt remedy” from the city, but having failed to do so, are now pursuing legal avenues, Bruno said.