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Sinkhole forces employees to pump sewage into Michigan river

FRASER, Mich. – Officials say crews have begun pumping wastewater in the vicinity of the Detroit river to prevent flooding, after a sinkhole people have been forced from their homes and closed roads.

Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon told WWJ-AM on Monday that the Clinton River discharge was necessary, although officials hoped to avoid.

Officials say the sinkhole, which formed Saturday in the neighbouring Fraser, is 250 metres long and 100 metres wide — bigger than the one in 2004 that caused a section of the roadway to cave in.

People in about two dozen homes have been evacuated. Consulting engineer Scott Lockwood says that they strive to be the residents back in homes within two weeks, but three homes are considered unsafe.

Mayor Joseph Nichols, who declared a state of emergency, told the residents the goal is to get answers.

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