Four cars were seen submerging in a south Edmonton parking lot on Tuesday morning.
The cars were either wholly or partially in the stream outside Infiniti south of Edmonton off Gateway Blvd. South Ellerslie Road.
“I walked this morning…I saw cars sinking inside,” said Lucky Opal, who works nearby at Heritage Valley Mercedes-Benz.
“I didn’t know what it was (so) I went into the viewing room and looked at the camera, and at about 12 noon last night you could see them slowly collapsing to the floor.
“I’m still surprised to see you,” Opal said.
A section of the car park is cordoned off with orange towers outside the service area entrance.
The agent’s general manager declined to comment.
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Fortunately, Opal said, the stream appeared overnight rather than during the day when there were people nearby.
The team at the Mercedes dealership was a bit worried, so they called the city and a structural engineer to check things out.
“We have a basement, so we are very happy that nothing happened to us,” he said. “It could be really expensive, who knows. We have about 100 cars in the basement.”
Cliffs Towing was on site at 11:30 AM
Del Jackson, who has worked with the towing and recovery company for more than 50 years, said he was shocked when he first got to the parking lot.
“It looks like a sink. There was obviously some water that leaked from under the floor and it weighed a lot,” Jackson explained.
It’s rare to see this size of a sinkhole in an Edmonton car park, he said.
“It’s a big one. Fortunately there are only four and there is no full parking.
“Usually it’s on the road where water leaks from under it, pipes break, things like that. But in an agency? No… that’s very rare.”
He said that two of the cars are new, one used and the other a customer car.
The Cliffs crew planned to use special equipment to remove cars from the side of the stream.
“This machine there is a 50-ton rotor. It will swing out, put the spreader bars and lift it out.”
Jackson estimates it’s about a three-hour job.
He said it appeared the vehicles had only cosmetic damage and should be repairable.
EPCOR was also present at the scene to assess the situation.
The company was not notified about the pit but contacted the agent and dispatched a crew to see if they could “help the companies with the next steps”.
An EPCOR spokesperson told Global News: “The initial assessment is that this hole is on private property and there is no EPCOR-owned infrastructure under the area.”
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