After last night’s storm, residents in Morris Park watched in shock as an enormous sinkhole began to expand on Radcliffe Avenue.
Once Monday’s heavy rain began to die down, the sinkhole was already the length of at least three cars, reports CBS2. The ground gave way as the gaping hole kept growing until it swallowed an entire parked van.
The van belongs to resident Tony Papadodoulos, who’s just grateful no one was harmed during the incident. “I’m alright. I’m alright. Lose the van. Lose the van. It’s life,” said Papadodoulos
Though the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) told CBS2 that they cannot confirm if the storm had caused the sinkhole, the timeline suggests it’s probable.
On the ground in the Bronx at the site of the sink hole last night. Thank God there were no injuries. DEP is on the scene. pic.twitter.com/ZTUI4T98J6
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) July 19, 2022
Neighbors shared that this isn’t the first sinkhole to open on the block, as a previous one had appeared less than a year ago.
Water is currently off for residents in the neighborhood as the hole is being repaired and the DEP are looking further into the situation.
Yesterday’s storm damaged other areas of NYC, as train service was suspended for the A line due to major flooding at the Dyckman Street station.
This morning A train service is suspended above 181st street because of flooding on the tracks last night. pic.twitter.com/gHjlKXRoMi
— Derick Waller (@wallerABC7) July 19, 2022
According to ABC7, service was restored around 6am this morning.
This week’s heat wave will continue to bring temperatures into the 90s with more possible rain to come later in the week.
Be mindful of the weather forecast and stay safe NYC.