Woman, dog saved from Portland sinkhole

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman trying to find her dog in her Portland backyard fell into a 20-foot deep sinkhole Tuesday night and was rescued after a neighbor heard her cries for help.

A woman and her dog were rescued from a sinkhole at 2723 SE 28th Avenue in Portland, Feb. 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A woman and her dog were rescued from a sinkhole at 2723 SE 28th Avenue in Portland, Feb. 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

The neighbor called 911 around 7:25 p.m., officials said, after she was walking by and heard the woman calling for help.

When emergency responders arrived at 2723 SE 28th Avenue, they found the woman at the bottom of a sinkhole, about 3.5 feet in diameter and about 20 feet down. Crews used rope and ground ladders to rescue the woman and her dog, who was also in the sinkhole.

The woman and her dog, a poodle, were checked out and are fine.

The sinkhole is temporarily covered.

On Monday, various city agencies came by the house to assess the situation.

“At this point, the Bureau of Development Services is involved in this to investigate whether it is a cesspool, which is a type of sanitary system that existed prior to the sewer systems in the streets.”

A neighbor who shares the property line told authorities both homeowners were recently made to do work on their sewage system.

There was recent sewer work done to connect the system from a party sewer line to direct connections with the home and sewer system in the street.

The city issued a permit for that work and inspected it after.

The woman who fell in has contacted her insurance company, but she will likely have to pay to fix it.

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