Community Comes Together to Provide Sinkhole Relief in Harrisburg
After a meeting held Friday night by Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson, the city and residents seem to be on the same page about the recent sinkhole problem. Work on the sinkhole on North Fourth Street is progressing. People have expressed their needs and concerns.
Saturday morning a breakfast was held at the Trinity Church of God on North Fourth Street. Not only did people get a hot meal, they could pick up cases of water and talk to representatives from the Red Cross about housing and other needs. Currently the Red Cross is helping over 15 families displaced because of the sinkhole.
According to a city official: PAWarn, a statewide water and wastewater industry response network located in New Cumberland, is providing water support services to the neighborhood for sanitary purposes, while American Water and United Water are providing potable water for drinking and cooking use.
The Harrisburg YWCA is providing shower facilities from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm until further notice and will assist with transportation. The contact number is 234-7931.
Meanwhile public works activities continue on the work site. Temporary water and sewer unities are expected to be completed and operative by mid-next week. Gas was restored to the neighborhood yesterday and completion of the new water and sewer system is anticipated in about a month. Police patrols have been increased around the impacted area.