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Michigan sinkhole (AP video framegrab)
Michigan sinkhole (AP video framegrab)

A massive sinkhole in a Detroit suburb threatens nearly 2 dozen homes


Please, stay away from the area. You could be standing on an area that could collapse up to 60 feet deep.
Joe Nichols, Mayor of Fraser, Mich.

A neighborhood in suburban Detriot, Mich., is threatened by a huge sinkhole that could swallow nearly two dozen homes. 

The Detroit Free Press reports residents of 22 homes in Fraser, Mich., were forced to evacuate and may not be able to return for weeks. 

Locals have heard audible pops from a house sinking. You can see one collapsing here.

How it all began

A state of emergency was declared Saturday after the Albu family called police, seeing bricks in their home splinter. The Albu house is still sinking and is expected to be a total loss, and a neighbor's driveway has collapsed. 

A GoFundMe page for the Albu family was shut down after collecting about $4,000 in donations. Meanwhile, electricity, gas and water have been cut off from 15 Mile Road, the site of the sinkhole. 

The weather is not exactly helping matters.

There were no indications that this could happen.
Sue Albu

Rain is expected, and a high of 58 degrees on Monday will strain the sewer system further as snow melts. That increases the chances of sewage backing up into locals' basements.

The same street saw a sinkhole in 2004 that took 10 months to repair. 

A massive sinkhole in a Detroit suburb threatens nearly 2 dozen homes

WATCH  | Here's an look at the affected city from the Associated Press.

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