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Chicago sinkhole at least 20 feet deep

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Cars removed from giant Chicago sinkhole Three cars in sinkhole at 96th and Houston. A sinkhole swallowed three cars at 96th and Houston in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood. It started to open around 5:15 a.m., Thursday, April 18, 2013. A sinkhole swallowed three cars at 96th and Houston in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood. It started to open around 5:15 a.m., Thursday, April 18, 2013.
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The massive sinkhole that swallowed a few cars on Chicago's Far South Side last week is still there. The damage goes at least 20 feet down from the pavement, city officials say.

The hole swallowed three cars and left a huge crater in the street at 96th and Houston.

City officials say there is a great deal of work to be done before the sinkhole can be completely repaired.

Water has been turned back on for residents immediately surrounding the hole, but workers are exploring and scoping the hole and sewer system to determine the extent of damage to all the systems involved. ComEd and Peoples Gas are rerouting their systems.

Private contractors have been hired to assist in the repair work. It has not yet been determined how long the project will take to complete.

The sinkhole caved in around 5:15 a.m. Thursday, swallowing three cars. One man also fell into the sinkhole, but he was rescued.

The vehicles were removed from the sinkhole in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on Thursday afternoon.

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