Sunset Park residents dealing with second major sinkhole within a year

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SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — People in Sunset Park are dealing with their second major sinkhole in less than a year.

This hole formed on 56th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Neighbors say cars were driving over the hole this morning before a number of calls to the Department of Environmental Protection. DEP, as well as Con Edison, The Department of Transportation, and the NYPD have been on the scene all day.

Neighbors tell PIX11 they have running water and electricity, but no gas at this time. Traffic is being diverted around 56th Street while crews are making repairs.

Witnesses tell PIX11 the hole was much smaller Tuesday morning, but grew to about 20 feet long and 10 feet wide by the afternoon. Some neighbors say they reported the issue to 311 weeks ago. We’re told crews did come out to fill a smaller hole before this collapse.

In an apartment building adjacent to the sinkhole, PIX11 found water leaking in the basement. Neighbors say the leak has been there since the blizzard about a month ago. The cause of the sinkhole is still under investigation.

There was another major sinkhole in Sunset Park last August about ten blocks from the latest location. Repairs on that sinkhole are still ongoing.

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