Friday 20 October 2017

Philadelphia sinkhole swallows car and causes utilities misery

Workers inspect a sinkhole in Philadelphia. (AP/Matt Rourke)
Workers inspect a sinkhole in Philadelphia. (AP/Matt Rourke)

A fractured water main in Philadelphia has caused a sinkhole to open up on a street in the city's Fishtown area that was large enough to swallow two cars.

A 30 foot-by-10-foot hole developed as a section of East Boston Street collapsed after a six-inch water main broke at some point on Sunday morning.

The sinkhole absorbed one car and left another teetering on the edge. Twenty homes in the immediate area were left without water and gas services to six residences were shut off as a precaution.

Water department spokesman John DiGiulio said the street has been blocked off and repairs will begin on Monday on what is likely a problem with the sewer in the area.

Bottled water has been provided to all affected residents.

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