A major water main break on Cottage Street in East Boston Monday night caused two sink holes to open up on the street, nearly swallowing one car whole.
Crews responded at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the area of 162-168 Cottage St. for a 10-inch water main break on the street. The water quickly flooded the streets, put parked cars underwater and flooded some basements on the street.
After a few hours, a sinkhole o
pened an nearly taking a parked car down the hole. A second sinkhole nearby also opened up a few hours later.
Boston Water and Sewer and utility companies arrived to get a handle on the situation and shut domestic water off in the area. While there was no evacuations, crews did check flooded basements and were forced to tow cars from the area to ensure they did not fall victim to the sinkholes popping up along the street.
Crews worked over night into Tuesday to repair the broken main and the cause of the break will be investigated by Boston Water and Sewer engineers.
Several residents attending Monday night’s Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association meeting were forced to leave the meeting early as news of the water main break started to trickle in. Those living on Cottage Street left in hurry to make sure their homes and/or cars were out of harms way.