BAYRIDGE, NY (PIX 11)— “Five minutes earlier and I would have been in the sinkhole in my car!” That’s what Annette Flood told PIX 11 News.
Mrs. Flood and her daughter Maddie couldn’t believe their good luck. They’d just gotten out of their Chevy five minutes earlier and when they came back out of their house, their car was teetering on the edge of a 15-foot deep sinkhole, on 79th street between 4th and 5th Avenues, about to be swallowed up.
“I went in to get my dog to walk her, ” Mrs. Flood said, “and when I came back out, my car was almost in the sinkhole.”
For close to one hour, firefighters worked to pull the car to safety as neighbors wondered at the latest sinkhole in Bay Ridge.
“It looks like all of Bay Ridge is falling in,” Katie Hansen said. “It’s like the cookie crumbling.”
Thirteen blocks away, a much, much deeper sewer sinkhole, at least 80 feet down, swallowed up a huge tree in late June — 92nd Street is still a mess.
So Katie Hansen, a bride-to-be who’s getting married in 24 days, is worried that her limo won’t be able to pick her up now that 79th street has become a sinkhole of a street as well.
“It’s going to be completely messy for who knows how long, the way this city works, ” Hansen said. “It could be weeks or months and months.”
Her future husband, Kevin Brennan, is more philosophical. “Maybe it’s good luck, to have a sinkhole in front of your house on your wedding day,” he said with a smile.
City Department of Environmental Protection officials on the scene promised the street will be repaired by the weekend.
“Fingers crossed,” the bride-to-be said. Then added, “Don’t hold your breath.