Crews were still on Tuesday repairing the 58-foot-long, 15-foot-wide and 20-foot-deep hole on Radcliff Avenue in Morris Park.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection responded to investigate the scene.
Crews say repair work will be extensive and the block will remain closed for about a week to rebuild underground infrastructure and restore the roadway.
Officials said everything will be considered part of the investigation, even if weather played a role.
“The investigation into the cause of the roadway collapse is ongoing,” DEP spokesman Edward Timbers said. “The weather could certainly have played a part in that.”
As for the van, Timbers said it appeared to have survived the traumatic experience and was able to be driven away.
Some residents now have no water supply due to the sinkhole, and many had to lug bottled water back to their homes in the 90-degree heat.
“No words can explain it,” said Morris Park resident Donna Messina. “Thank God no one was hurt. God forbid anyone ran over it at the time. Very scary.”
The first step was to lift the empty canister out of the sinkhole, then prop it up and prevent the sinkhole from getting any bigger.
“This is not the first time, since last year, this is a problem,” said resident Pash Maksuti. “They opened this up here last year, they fixed it about two, three months ago. Again, it happened here.”
And perhaps the most frustrating thing for the neighbors is that this is the second sinkhole in the area. Last August, during Hurricane Ida, a sinkhole opened up the street.
“There was still a sinkhole at the time, so they repaired it,” said neighbor Sara Manzo. “They just finished this one a few months ago, and now we’ve got this one. So hopefully it’s resolved sooner than that.”
The city set up a few water stations for those who lost service.
“It’s not going to help,” said local resident Khairul Dipu. ‘We’re too far. I asked them if you could open a middle one. They said there’s no water there.’
Crews were filling the sinkhole with sand and dirt as they tried to secure the area.
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