State Of Emergency Declared In Michigan After A Sinkhole Threatened To Swallow An Entire Neighborhood

Christmas Eve is meant to be one of the most magical times of the year. Family gathers, stories are told and everything feels safe and warm.

Now, imagine that comfort being replaced by the roaring sound of the earth beneath you swallowing your neighborhood whole. That’s just what happened to this Michigan neighborhood.

A massive sinkhole recently ripped its way through a quiet neighborhood in Fraser, Michigan. The sinkhole is believed to have been caused by a ruptured sewer pipe more than 55 feet below ground. Though officials now have the situation under control, the nightmarish scenario still seems like something out of a disaster movie.

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What’s next for this community? Bypass pumps are in the process of being installed, though they won’t be fully operational for another month. The families that have been evacuated may be allowed to return to their home by January 9. For now, officials are still assessing structural damage and future solutions.

Watch ABC News’ incredible footage of this terrifying sinkhole below: