Subsidence Opens near Shamokin

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A subsidence that opened Friday has closed a road near Shamokin.

DEP said Monday officials are looking at old mining  records to determine if the hole that opened on Northwestern Academy Drive is due to an old mine.

A smalls section of the road is closed forcing workers at Northwestern Academy and Reinhart Food Service to take a detour until the subsidence is filled.

DEP said the hole is 35 feet deep and 25 feet wide.  It is near a small bridge off Route 61 in Coal Township.

According to DEP, they have to know what caused the hole before it can be filled.