Montreal Sinkhole Swallows Backhoe; May Have Been Caused By Sewage Leak (VIDEO)

How do you say "WTF" in French?

A sinkhole opened up in downtown Montreal at around 9 a.m. local time Monday. Measuring about 26 feet long and 16 feet wide, the cavernous maw partially swallowed a backhoe at the intersection of Guy and St.-Catherine Streets.

Borough spokeswoman Emilie Miskdjian told the Canadian Broadcasting Company that the hole opened as city work crews started working on a suspected sewer pipe leak that had occurred over the weekend.

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Business owners in the Ville Marie neighborhood of Montreal told the CBC that the sewer problem had gone unaddressed by the city for at least a week.

"It was pouring in the wall and coming down in the whole street and it smells and all this nonsense — you cannot imagine," Rahman Ismaili, who owns a nearby pool hall, told the station.

While it might not be as bad as the deadly sinkhole that swallowed a man in Florida earlier this year, there's no doubt that this sewage-sparked sinkhole really stinks. At least it didn't fill up with a questionable-looking mess.



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