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A sinkhole grows in Brooklyn (VIDEO)

A massive sinkhole opened up in Brooklyn on Wednesday, nearly swallowing a parked car and causing a giant headache for city workers, who plan to work through the weekend to repair it.

According to CBSNewYork.com, the 20-foot-deep by 20-foot-wide hole formed at around 6 p.m. in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. A woman and her mother had just parked their car when the sinkhole appeared, leaving the vehicle teetering on the sinkhole's edge.

"We're so blessed," Maddie Flood told 1010-WINS radio. "If we were five minutes later or anything, we could have been in the hole." Their car was eventually pulled away from the hole, according to NY-1.

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New York's Department of Environmental Protection said the sinkhole was caused by a sewer main break.

Sinkholes, while unusual for New York City, are common elsewhere.

Just last month in Colorado, a giant sinkhole caused by an abandoned, century-old railroad tunnel caused part of a highway near the top of a mountain pass to be shut down. In May, sinkholes swallowed a pair of backyards in two Florida neighborhoods.

But, as New York magazine points out, a 60-foot sinkhole opened up in the same section of Brooklyn in June. Eleven families were evacuated from their homes.

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