Sinkhole Opens Up After NE Philly Water Main Break

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    A large water main break in Rhawnhurst causes part of the street to sink in. (Published Thursday, Jun 26, 2014)

    A sinkhole opened up in a Northeast Philadelphia street after a large water main break.

    The main burst open early Thursday morning under the 8800 block of Bradford Street in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia.

    The force of the gushing water caused a portion of the asphalt street to cave in. A gray Chrysler minivan that was parked along the block had begun to fall into the hole.

    A steady stream of water could be seen bubbling up from a break in the middle of the street. The water ran down the block, over sidewalks and in the street, to a storm water inlet nearby.

    The Philadelphia Water Department was dispatched to the scene to turn off the water flow. The water supply line was closed around 7:15 a.m.

    Police and fire crews have blocked off the street as a precaution. Crews continue to work at the scene.

    It's unclear whether neighboring homes sustained damage.