As a claustrophobic one of my worst nightmares is to have the earth open up and swallow me. That is what happened to an Oregon woman in her own back yard.
She was looking for her dog when they both fell into a sinkhole about 3 ½ feet in diameter and 20 feet deep. Fortunately a neighbor heard her screams and called 911.
Fire crews lowered a basket to retrieve the dog and sent a ladder down for the woman to climb. Amazingly neither was seriously hurt.
Officials who investigated determined that the hole was an old cesspool that had been there for decades before the city sewer was put in. There were bricks at the bottom but the hole had never been properly filled. Fortunately the wall did not fall in on top of them.
A couple of years ago Cedric, a 200-pound Mastiff, fell into a similar sink hole, but the rescue was not so simple.
It involved the fire department, pulleys, ropes, an A-frame, emergency lighting and a large contingent of neighbors cheering them on. Even the local TV cameras showed up.
Eventually a firefighter armed with a chicken breast descended into the hole, put Cedric in a special harness they had rigged and hoisted him up with a series of pulleys and the A-frame.
So what’s in YOUR backyard?