April 18, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The severe flooding across the Chicago area Thursday morning is causing problems on roadways.
The sinkhole swallowed three cars at 96th and Houston in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood. It started to open around 5:15 a.m
Chicago Police Department spokesman Mike Sullivan says the injured man was driving when the road buckled and caved in. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other two cars were parked.
MAJOR flooding throughout Chicago area! Most viaducts and streets flooded. CFD Co's. on many gas & electricial investations due to flooding of basement appliances! LARGE sink hole at 96th & Houston Ave. w/ 4 autos, & growing!! (9 minutes ago)
Originally posted by eXia7
Pretty crazy to see that up north. I live in FL, and when you said Giant sinkhole I expected a great canyon, that's big, but there are bigger ones in the south for sure.
This lady was upset because the police didn't get there for an hour and a half.. what if somebody was in the sinkhole that needed to be rescued? Pay those taxes.
1 to 600 metres
Originally posted by resoe26
I live in NW Indiana... this is the first time i'm hearing of this.
(much thanks to ATS) Quicker news here than the mainstream
Tom LaPorte, speaking for the Water Department, said the sinkhole was caused by a broken water main. He said the water was, in all likelihood, drinking water, and not sewage. The water mains in the area are made of cast iron, and date back to 1915. Whether the age of the pipes contributed to the break is not known.
It is possible that drenching rains and local flooding contributed to the sinkhole's development. The Chicago area received between three and five inches of rain yesterday, with more is forecast for today.