City crews are now busy trying to make sure a massive sinkhole formed near Humboldt and Commerce in Milwaukee on Saturday evening does not grow bigger. Two cars parked along the road fell into the sinkhole.
The sinkhole is estimated to be 20 feet deep. Officials say it was caused when a 42-inch water main broke Saturday evening around 8 p.m. The sinkhole apparently cracked through around 9:30 p.m. City crews have already repaired the water main. They expect to have the road reopened as soon as possible.
Andrew Gelles is the owner of one of the cars that crashed into the hole. He was preparing to play with his band at a bar around the corner. “Unloaded my gear and saw a parking spot available just at the bottom of that hill and thought, ‘Perfect, I’ll just park there,'” said Gelles. As Gelles walked away from his car, he noticed some water streaming out of a nearby manhole cover.
The other car in the sinkhole was also empty. City officials say the owners of the two vehicles can file a claim with the city to recover costs from the damage to their cars.