Power is back on in a Cornelius subdivision after a sinkhole damaged underground power lines.
Melissa Marshall lives in the Antiquites neighborhood.
"We went out to the movies, dinner, came back and saw these blue lights everywhere,” she said.
When Marshall got home Sunday night, power was out to her house and crews were just beginning a nearly 12-hour process to get it turned back on. She was one of a handful of people forced out of their homes overnight while the work was done.
"They said the power lines and the gas lines go along there," Marshall said.
The gas line was not damaged, but when heavy rainfall caused an already sinking section of Old Canal Street to buckle even further, the underground power lines were cut.
Crews worked to reroute the lines and restore power around 8 a.m. Monday, but Marshall was worried what she sees on the surface is just part of a bigger problem.
A structural engineer with Charlotte Fire Department said Sunday night the townhomes were safe.
The developer said Monday they had been working in that area after a drain pipe broke a few weeks ago.
The heavy rain over the weekend made things worse.
Now, they will have to take out a 130-foot section of a retaining wall and make repairs, which could take several weeks.
Town Manager Anthony Roberts said they will have their engineers double-check the developer's work once it's complete.
"Once they do their analysis, the engineers come in and look at it, then we determine how to move forward," Roberts said.