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Philadelphia Sinkhole Swallows 2 Cars After Water Main Break

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Workers inspect a sinkhole in Philadelphia, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. The Philadelphia Water Department said a water main break caused the sinkhole to open up on the street. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

By    |   Monday, 09 Jan 2017 02:44 PM

After a 40- to 50-foot Philadelphia sinkhole swallowed two cars Sunday, crews from the Philadelphia Water Department continued Monday to work on repairs to the 6-inch water main that broke and caused the sinkhole in the city's Kensington neighborhood.

The sinkhole caused a major part of the street to collapse when it opened up just before 9 a.m. Sunday. No one was hurt in the incident.

Even before the sinkhole became apparent, though, residents reported low water pressure and leaks inside basements to the water department, 6ABC reported.

Neighborhood resident John Sharkey told the news channel there were “a bunch of” sinkholes in the neighborhood before. “It’s not surprising in this neighborhood,” he said.

Philadelphia Gas Works shut off gas to the whole block and the city also closed it off to traffic, according to CBS Philadelphia. Officials were worried about the possibility of a much larger collapse.

Alyssa Banks, whose brand new car was one of the two that fell into the sinkhole when it opened, told 6ABC, “It was a long, frustrating day. I’m a little overwhelmed.”

The street is expected to be closed for about a week, but other problems related to the sinkhole may take longer to fix.

“It will not be an easy process,” Philadelphia Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio said about fixing the huge crater created by the sinkhole, CBS reported.

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After a 40- to 50-foot Philadelphia sinkhole swallowed two cars Sunday, crews from the Philadelphia Water Department continued Monday to work on repairs to the 6-inch water main that broke and caused the sinkhole in the city's Kensington neighborhood.
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