Water service restored near sinkhole

Chopper 12 flew overhead as crews work on repairing the massive hole.

Chopper 12 flew overhead as crews work on repairing the massive hole. (8/5/15)

BROOKLYN - Water services have been restored following the massive sinkhole that opened up in Sunset Park. 

The gaping hole at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue is estimated to be about 25 feet deep and 30 feet wide. 

The block remains mostly closed in both directions for repairs, although there is pedestrian access on one side of Fifth Avenue. NYPD and DOT officials have been allowing buses to pass, but not cars.

According to the Department of Environmental Protection, the sinkhole was caused by a water main break. Water had to be shut off in the area for a time because of the severity of the damage. 

The hole is large enough to contain the water for four Olympic-sized swimming pools, according to estimates. Crews have begun dumping sand into the hole in the repair effort.

Repairs may take weeks, according to officials.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A fast-moving fire killed five people, including three 1 3 children among victims in New York City house fire
The New York City nonprofit Guardian Angels stepped 2 Guardian Angels increase patrols in Coney Island
3 Neighborhood Brief for April 23
Fashion, Art, & Design held their seasonal pop-up 4 Pop-up marketplace features goods, art made in BK
Suffolk fire officials say a house was gutted 5 House gutted by overnight fire in Oakdale

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

The sinkhole appeared at 64th Street and Fifth Sinkhole opens at Sunset Park intersection

A gigantic sinkhole has opened up in Sunset Park, taking out nearly the entire width

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.