FILE - This March 8, 2017, file photo, shows officials outside a home near an area where a broken sewer line caused a football field-sized sinkhole in Fraser, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. Three houses in the area had to be condemned. Two of the homes will be demolished starting Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Roger Schneider, File)

2 homes being demolished at suburban Detroit sinkhole site

March 24, 2017 - 9:38 am

FRASER, Mich. (AP) — Two homes are being torn down to help clear the way for repairs to a broken sewer line that caused a sinkhole on Christmas Eve in suburban Detroit.

Three houses had to be condemned in Fraser and a major road has been closed. Macomb County Public Works spokesman Dan Heaton says one of those homes was demolished Friday and the other is expected to be torn down on Monday.

Macomb County Public Works chief Candice Miller says in a statement that "heartfelt sympathies go out to these impacted families."

Construction crews next week plan to begin to dig a roughly 300-foot-long, 25-foot-wide shaft to allow sewer line repair and replacement.

Work to restore the area is expected to wrap up by the end of the year.

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