May 8, 2014 11:33 am

Sinkhole, water main break close part of Saint John street

A car is trapped in a sinkhole that opened up on Rodney Street in Saint John.

@OpenArtsSJ/Twitter

Part of a Saint John street was closed Thursday morning after a sinkhole opened up and a water main ruptured, triggering a boil-water order for nearby residents.

At least one car appeared to have gotten stuck in the hole on Rodney Street, according to Twitter user @OpenArtsSJ, who tweeted the photo.

The city of Saint John said the damage from the water main break caused the sinkhole.

Residents are being told to boil their water before consuming it, but that it is still safe to bathe and use swimming pools.

The Department of Health advised the order was in effect for addresses between and including 229 to 263 Rodney Street, and that notice was being hand-delivered to the affected homes. The city said 15 homes in the area are without water.

Crews are working to restore water service, which is expected to be complete sometime Thursday afternoon.

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