Chicago Flood 2013 Sinkhole Swallows Cars: Watch Video Of The Shocking Aftermath [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on April 18, 2013 3:13 PM EDT

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Chicago flooding likely caused this massive sinkhole to open and swallow three vehicles whole. Chicago Fire Department reports one victim in critical condition from the sinkhole collapse. (Photo: YouTube)

A giant sinkhole swallowed cars during the Chicago flood early Thursday morning. According to the Chicago Tribune, the fire department responded to a distress call at 5:30 a.m. from South Houston Avenue of Southeast Side, Chicago, where they found the giant hole.

Approximately 50 feet long, the massive sinkhole already managed to swallow two cars. A third vehicle slid into the sinkhole after the authorities had arrived.

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One person was badly injured from the Thursday morning incident. First responders pulled the victim out of the sinkhole and rushed him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The Chicago Fire Department announced the person was in serious to critical condition.

A highly probable cause of the bizarre Southeast Side, Chicago, sinkhole is the widespread flooding that has taken over the state of Illinois. The National Weather Service in Chicago issued a Flash Flood Warning earlier today that included the counties of Dupage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, La Salle, Kankakee, Livingston, Lake, Lee, de Kalb, and Will County. Residents are asked to stay off the road, as many streets will be closed due to flood waters. Low lying areas including hill bottoms and underpasses will be particularly vulnerable to excessive runoff from heavy rainfall. According to the National Weather Service, the alert will continue until Thursday, 8:00 p.m. CDT.

Sinkholes are formed by the natural mechanical process of erosion, or the gradual shifting of soluble bedrock such as limestone. Major rainfall and flooding are common catalysts that accelerate the erosion process, forming a void underneath seemingly solid ground. Other possibilities of sinkhole formation in urban areas include water main breaks and the collapse of old pipes and sewers.

A series of sinkhole incidents occurred in March including a bedroom sinkhole that killed a man in Florida and another giant sinkhole that caused a neighborhood evacuation in Louisiana.

See the sinkhole that swallowed cars in Chicago in the video below:

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