GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States – Sinkhole Opens Up In Chelmsford And At Other Locations In Massachusetts And Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped In Sinkhole In Frederick, Maryland!

April 01, 2014 – UNITED STATES – The following stories are the latest reports of sinkholes in the United States over the last few days:

Sinkhole Opens Up In Chelmsford And At Other Locations In Massachusetts

Heavy rains were causing flooding and sinkholes in many parts of Massachusetts Sunday.

Flooding prompted local and state police to close a number of roads and highways Sunday morning. On parts of Memorial Drive near the Longfellow Bridge, police were warning drivers to be aware of large puddles of water.

South of Boston, Mass. State Police reported that amps from Route 195 east and westbound were closed to Route 18 due to flooding. Route 18 itself had flooded in New Bedford, and police closed it between Route195 and Route 6, reopening the southbound side at around 12:30 p.m.

In Freetown, the ramp from Chase Road to Route 140 in was closed as well because of flooding.

Route 128 northbound near exits 13 and 14 in Westwood was closed earlier Sunday morning, and reopened before 9 a.m. after workers from the Mass. Department of Transportation cleared storm drains there.

In parts north of Boston, a large sinkhole had opened up on Boston Road in Chelmsford, causing police to close the road at Brian Road. The hole opened up where a culvert carries water from a stream underneath the road. The culvert gave way and began eroding sand underneath the road.

WATCH: Roadway fall into massive sinkhole.

 

A utility pole also stood at the edge of the sinkhole, and a live gas main ran through it. Crews were able to stabilize the utility pole, and National Grid workers were on scene and shut the gas off.

The road in Chelmsford will remain closed for a few days as the sinkhole is fixed.

A smaller sinkhole had also opened up near 404 Wyman Street, causing police to shut part of that street for a brief time, and reopened it at around 10:45 a.m. – MyFOXBoston.

Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped In Sinkhole In Frederick, Maryland

Firefighters in Frederick, Md., successfully rescued an elderly blind and deaf dog who got trapped inside a large sinkhole Sunday.

Officials were called to Old Farm Drive and Wainwright Court Sunday morning after a homeowner reported that the dog had fallen into the hole that opened overnight. Officials blew warm air into the hole during the rescue effort in order to protect the dog, a 14-year-old Lhasa Apso, from hypothermia.

Reporter Abby Theodros of WHAG-TV in Hagerstown reported the sinkhole is shaped “like a hockey stick,” which made the rescue even more difficult.

Officials were eventually able to get a rope around the dog and pull her up out of the hole. Frederick police say the sinkhole was about three feet wide and 12 feet deep. The city says it did not directly affect houses or the road and that there is no threat to residents.

The sinkhole was caused by the rainy weather, authorities said.

WHAG posted this photo of the rescue on its Facebook page.

WATCH: Firefighters rescue dog trapped in sinkhole.


NBC Washington.

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