A portion of Rodney Street on Saint John’s lower west side has been closed, after a sinkhole and a water main break caused problems for residents and motorists.

Andrew Miller said he was made aware of the sinkhole on Thursday morning by an early-rising neighbour who noticed his car sinking on the road when she was leaving for work.

Miller said he was able to back his car out of the sinkhole because it was still relatively shallow.

But another driver wasn't so lucky.

He said a person, who also lives in the area, drove into the sinkhole and was unable to get out.

Miller said a tow truck had to pull the sport utility vehicle out of the sinkhole.

He said the city is aware of the problem, but he is still without water because of the water main break.

City officials issued a statement on Thursday afternoon, saying the sinkhole was caused by an underground water main rupturing at about 5:30 a.m.

The street remains closed as crews work to repair the water main break and restore water to the 15 homes affected, the statement said.

Meanwhile, a boil water order has been issued for the area. Residents are advised to bring their water to a rolling boil for at least one minute.

The infrastructure under Rodney Street is scheduled to be replaced this summer as part of the city’s capital improvement program, officials said.