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By James Roxbury
Wednesday April 08, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Chad Saylor, Chief Clerk of Dauphin county is a little upset over a letter sent to the county by Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse concerning the 14th street sinkhole and a federal grant application for disaster funds.

Chad Saylor. I am sure that Mount Papenfuse will erupt again.

The city engineer failed to show a connection between the floods of 2011 and the sinkholes of 2013.

A meeting last Thursday with HUD, DCED, and county officials.

Letter from Chad Saylor to Mayor Papenfuse.

Rather than working together to solve this crisis affecting dozens of property owners you are pointing fingers and politicizing the issue. Your divisive letter full of baseless accusations and misinformation is mystifying.


Archive video March 11, 2015.

Dauphin county commissioners Mike Pries and George Hartwick comment on the 14th street sinkhole disaster during a presentation on the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

Commissioner Harwick believes that the city is at fault for filing a late application for federal funds.

The city of Harrisburg did not meet the deadline for applying for disaster recovery dollars, as a matter of fact they were about 18 months late.

Commissioner Mike Pries provides his opinion on how the city should address infrastructure improvements.

They should be looking at a city wide project.


Archive video September 7, 2014.

The City of Harrisburg held a "Sinkhole Summit" at the Crown Plaza hotel downtown on Friday.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse.

FEMA grants to purchase properties damaged by sinkholes.

Congressman Scott Perry.

The federal government needs to have a plan for these natural disasters.


Archive September 4, 2014.

Harrisburg city council public works committee held a meeting to present the findings of the sinkhole investigation report on the 1400 block of 14th street.

Presentation of the Report.

Gannett Fleming.

Wayne Martin, Harrisburg City Engineer.

The cost is not a hundred thousand dollars, this is millions.


Harrisburg City Council March 25, 2014.

Council member Sandra Reid.

Sinkhole on 14th street.


March 21, 2014.

As released by Capitol Region Water:



HARRISBURG (March 21, 2014) – Capital Region Water, formerly The Harrisburg Authority (THA), repaired a water main break on the 1400 block of South 14th Street yesterday afternoon. Customers now have water service but will remain under a Boil Water Advisory until Saturday at the earliest while testing takes place. One residence closest to the sinkhole will be reconnected to water service later today. Capital Region Water provided drinking water while gas service was shut off yesterday. Gas service is expected to return this afternoon to almost all residents while additional repairs take place.

“With the assistance of Harrisburg Police, Fire, and the Departments of Public Works and Codes Enforcement, our crews were able to make repairs to the water main quickly”, said Executive Director Shannon Williams, “We will continue to monitor the area and fix this issue correctly.”

While street repairs take place, Capital Region Water crews will assess the need for additional water line repairs or replacement.

“Our thoughts are with the residents”, said Williams, “what they went through is an example of why we can’t afford to ignore our water infrastructure any longer. We’re dedicated to fixing the problems that stem from a long neglected system as well as being proactive to prevent future issues.”


Harrisburg dept of public works employees back fill the street cut after repairing a 8 inch waterline, the break was reported Thursday morning around 6:30 leading to a large sinkhole at the property of 1421 and 1423 S14th street.

Capital Region Water provided bottled water to the residents of the 40+ homes connected to the repaired water line, once the line is activated a boil water advisory will be in place until testing of the water is complete. ____________________________

Archive March 20, 2014.

A series of sinkholes on south 14th street.

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