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Fraser family who owns sinking home speaks of heartbreak, fond memories

'Heartbreaking. Absloutely heartbreaking,' said homeowner Elizabeth Marentette

FRASER, Mich. – The Fraser family whose home is slowly being swallowed by a massive sinkhole says they are heartbroken over the loss of their home and the place that holds many special memories.

Crews are working around the clock around the sinking home, in hopes that no other homes will be affected by the sinkhole, which was caused by a broken sewage line 45 feet below the home.

READ: Fraser sinkhole: Crews work around the clock

"It's heartbreaking. Heartbreaking to know that all of our pictures since their childhood and my childhood and all their belongings, my parent's wedding dress. It’s absolutely heartbreaking; it's just surreal." said Elizabeth Marentette, whose family owns the sinking home.

"My dad lost both of his parents and all of their stuff is downstairs."

Meanwhile, crews are still trying to reach the broken sewer line, but experts say this could take as long as 10 months – or longer.

"What we're going to do we don't know exactly yet. We have to bypass the collapsed section," said Scott Lockwood, engineer for Anderson, Eckstien & Westrick.  How we're going to do it we just don't know yet.” 

Until repairs are done, 15 Mile Road will remain closed.

A temporary sidewalk has been installed and residents who live on the street affected by the sinkhole have been able to get things out of their homes.

You can check on the progress being made to repair the sinkhole any time through our live camera here.


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