At one of the busiest areas in downtown Ottawa this morning, a sinkhole suddenly opened, swallowed a car (and possibly a missing crane?) and eventually stretched across the entire street. The area was quickly evacuated, including the Rideau Centre Shopping Mall, a nearby hotel, convention centre and more. At first the cause appeared to be a water main break but officials say it’s too soon to know; it’s triggered a gas leak, power is out in the area, and water has been cut off to hundreds of customers. One construction worker said the sinkhole is believed to be almost three stories deep!
— Sophie (@_Sophster) June 8, 2016
Not looking good on Rideau/Sussex. Avoid the area completely. Hope everyone is ok. pic.twitter.com/j2uNS7J6a4
— Jeff Elliott (@JeffyE1979) June 8, 2016
— Mitch (@mitchmcewen_) June 8, 2016