Sinkhole Forms on Brooklyn Street

Thursday, August 02, 2012

A car teeters on the edge of the sinkhole that opened up in Brooklyn. (Courtesy of Liliana Parodi)

Work crews are setting up cones and preparing to fix a huge sinkhole that gaped open in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Wednesday night.

The 15-foot by 20-foot hole formed at about 5 p.m. Wednesday on 79th Street near Fifth avenue in Bay Ridge. No injuries were reported.

The Department of Environmental Protection say they will remain on the site through the weekend.

Parked cars near the sinkhole, some of which had started tipping into the crater, had to be moved.

Donald Huml, whose office is on the block, was surprised to see the hole in the middle of the street on Thursday morning. "My staff member took a picture of a car that was half leaning into the whole, which they managed to salvage," he said. "So it's really a miracle that no cars fell into the sinkhole."

City Department of Environmental Protection officials believe there's a defect in the sewer line underneath that may have caused the soil around and above it to shift.

The DEP says the roadway will remain closed at least through the weekend.

Annmarie Fertoli contributed reporting.


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