- Associated Press - Sunday, December 25, 2016

FRASER, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit suburb has declared a state of emergency after a sinkhole began forming in one of its neighborhoods.

The declaration by the city of Fraser, northeast of Detroit, was made Saturday, The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reported.

About two dozen homes have been evacuated and traffic along 15 Mile Road - a major east-west street - was diverted due to fears that a possible underground sewer collapse could cause a cave-in.

Authorities were alerted to the problem about 6 a.m. Saturday after Sue Albu and her husband heard noises and noticed the frame of their home on Eberlein Drive had shifted. The house also was sinking.

“We were out,” Albu told the Detroit Free Press. “It was just trying to grab what we could to salvage it.”

Some other families were asked to leave their homes on Eberlein. It wasn’t clear Sunday when they would be able to return, Macomb County Public Works field operations manager Alex Pirkovic told the Free Press.

“The whole street of Eberlein is shut off as we work on making sure there are stable conditions,” Pirkovic said.

In 2004, a sewer collapse caused a nearby section of 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights to cave in. It created a sinkhole 160 feet long, 60 feet wide and 30 feet deep.

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