A huge sinkhole has swallowed up parts of a main highway in the US state of Oregon as it joined forces with another hole that opened up there last year.
The initial sinkhole developed in mid-December in parking lot in the coastal town of Harbor following a series of storms and heavy rain.
The hole continued to widen, resulting in the road’s closure on Thursday evening.
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ABC net reports:
Jared Castle, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, said he believed the two sinkholes had joined up to create a giant hole in the highway.
“It’s a monster for sure. This is a very unusual event and is a sinkhole of a magnitude that we don’t see but once every couple decades,” he told The Washington Post.
Drone footage taken by local Kyle Rice revealed the vast size of the sinkhole, which is still growing.
It revealed just how close the sinkhole has come to businesses and restaurants, including the Fireside Diner.
The diner’s manager Tharon Fox made light of the situation that has left his business without parking.
“We’re singing songs over here. We’ve got a ‘peaceful, sinking feeling.’ It’s all good,” he told local paper the Curry Coastal Pilot.
State officials have created a detour route for drivers until repairs are finished, which could take at least a week.