Former geology professor Dr. Pat Abbott explains why a sinkhole opened up in San Diego on Tuesday morning.
A sinkhole opened beneath a Spring Valley road when a burst water pipe flooded the street and buried the front wheel of a parked car.
Residents at Concepcion Avenue between Jamacha and Piedmont were in for a long day of street closures and road repairs after the early morning water main break.
Crews with the Otay Water District arrived to the area around 4 a.m. Tuesday and shut off water service to about a dozen residences.
A RAV-4 parked along the curb was caught up in the excess water and broken asphalt. With it's front left tire nearly buried, the vehicle was stuck in the unstable ground.
A tow truck was called to remove that car and another vehicle parked along the same side of the street.
Kathy Padilla watched as her car was carefully pulled out of the gaping hole.
“I’m just hoping that it didn’t get a lot of water in it and that it’s driveable and not bent and won’t take a lot of money to fix it. So, hope for the best, “ Padilla told NBC 7 San Diego.
Residents say they had a rude wake-up call.
“Our water pipe started to vibrate really loud, shaking our windows and walls,” said Ever Gonzalez. “All this water started coming down, our trash cans were knocked over and water everywhere.”
Check back for updates on this developing story.