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Rideau Street sinkhole grows in downtown Ottawa

A van was swallowed by a massive sinkhole that formed next to a construction trench on Rideau Street, forcing the evacuation of the Rideau Centre and surrounding businesses, and shutting down roads in a downtown core already clogged by construction.

No injuries were reported but power and water services were disrupted

Videographer Jean Delisle captures the surreal scene from above 1:12

A van was swallowed by a massive sinkhole that formed next to a construction trench on Rideau Street, forcing the evacuation of the Rideau Centre and surrounding businesses, and shutting down roads in a downtown core already clogged by construction.

The road began to collapse around 10:30 a.m.

The sinkhole grew as water gushed in.

And swallowed a van in the process.

The sinkhole was a massive puddle in the afternoon.

The sinkhole formed at a light rail construction site in downtown Ottawa. (@notvaleriecrew/Twitter)

Here's a view from up high.

A massive sinkhole has spread across Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa. (Jean Delisle/CBC)

By 6 p.m., cement trucks were lined up to fill the hole. 

And it appears it's not the first time Rideau Street has collapsed.