- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Utility officials say they have stabilized an 80-foot-tall electric transmission tower in eastern Pennsylvania after drenching rains caused a sinkhole to form at its base.

PPL spokesman Joe Nixon said the Bethlehem tower was “still very stable” and never in danger of falling, but crews brought some stabilizing material to fill the hole. He said the line was never out of service.

Lt. Allan Burghardt of the Bethlehem fire department said officials first noticed the sinkhole at the base of one leg of the tower at about 8 p.m. Monday.

Officials said it showed signs of spreading to a second leg, and they notified more than 20 nearby households, but only the two closest families left.

The sinkhole was formed after heavy rains caused flooding in the region Monday night.

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