Residents in Chicago's south side had a scare after a 40-foot-wide sinkhole opened up at 96th and Houston this morning. Two cars were immediately consumed by the void and a third fell in shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene, according to The Huffington Post. One pedestrian also fell in and suffered mild injuries. Chicago has seen over five inches of rain fall in less than 24 hours, saturating the ground and causing extensive flooding.

Sinkholes typically form in areas with easily dissolved rocks underground, such as limestone. As groundwater erodes these rocks, voids form in the soil, and heavy rains can cause those voids to implode, bringing the surface down at the same time. The Jeffrey Manor neighborhood, where this sinkhole occurred, is just 15 miles from the Thornton Limestone Quarry in Thornton, IL. You can watch a local news report on the incident below for more information.



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      gigabytousai
      • 1 Year Ago
      It should be noted that this wasn't caused by the rains. It was due to a water main break -- which is what happens when pipes are a century old.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope that person wan't injured too badly and gets better soon but, that is about the standard size of your average pothole in Chicago. Some of the worst roads in America.
      Dvanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is that Dikembe Mutombo?
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      SFGiantsFan35
      • 1 Year Ago
      One pedestrian also fell in and suffered mild injuries... or put another way, one idiot went in for a closer look and got what he deserved.
      Wojo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now it just needs to swallow the rest of the city.
      John J
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a horrible photoshop...
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's Crook County - I'm sure some politician can be bribed to get it fixed.
      Milwaukee, WY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Avenger? Sinkhole did 'em a favor.
      caddy-v
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mayor Rahm, aka the fish, noted recently how the Denver Boot wasn\'t working to it\'s fullest and decided that there must be a better way to snag illegal vehicles off the road.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 1 Year Ago
        @caddy-v
        While liberals like him certainly have their share of nanny-state regulations, don't act as if conservatives haven't. The Patriot act, the drug war, abortion, marriage equality, etc. etc. Until we conservatives can get a more moderate/ libertarian ticket for the presidency, we're just going to lose more and more. How does a Mitch Daniels/Gary Johnson ticket sound? A Rand Paul/Buddy Roehmer ticket? A Jon Huntsman/Bob Barr ticket? (I know, not all of these people are Republicans any more, but they could easily convert back.)
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
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      NissanGTR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reason 1,000,001 of why Chicago is a dangerous place to live.
      dinobot666
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pull that Tacoma out, and you'll get another 200k out of it easily.
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