Sinkhole swallows chunk of northeast Houston street

July 30, 2013 8:31:30 PM PDT
Crews are working quickly to fill a large sinkhole in northeast Houston.

The sinkhole swallowed part of Market Street at Capron, not far from I-10.

It's looking to be a long night ahead in the Fifth Ward as crews work to make these repairs. They've got a large area taped off.

The city says the sinkhole was caused by a water main break.

Neighbors say they started calling Tuesday morning. Some noticed the dip several days ago and grew concerned a car would lose control. The final straw came Tuesday afternoon when a METRO bus hit the hole and it caved in.

"I was worried one of those cars was going to flip and run into one of these houses. It's bad, but every time we need something done in emergency, it takes the city forever," resident Netsey Preston said.

"It's terrible. When I came down this morning, I've got that little van over there and hit it, boom," resident Thomas A. Tillman Sr. said.

There may be times residents are without water as city workers finish the repairs.

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