Sink Hole

© Michelle Alton

Sink Hole

Uploaded: June 15, 2015 | Entered: June 15, 2015 18:33:48


Yesterday morning, in West Philadelphia a (circa 1885) 36" water main burst, shooting out millions of gallons of water onto the streets of a small neighborhood. I was sent to photograph the scene (and Red Cross volunteers) for the RC. By the time I arrived, the water had been stopped, but the streets were covered in thick mud, and a large sink hole had opened into which two cars fell. The car in the rear is resting on a gas main. The heat was oppressive, and once again, I went home soaked to the skin. The residents had a night of no electricity, and basements flooded with muddy water. The city did not have a ready solution for cleanup inside the houses.

Exif: F Number: 5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/250 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 250, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 28.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D Mark II


Susan Williams level-classic June 15, 2015

Outstanding documentary photo, Michelle. It shows the nightmare in vivid detail. Wow. #1621137

Candace M. Cleveland level-classic June 15, 2015

Wonderful photo and description Michelle... #11318659

Barbara Waldoch level-classic June 16, 2015

Oh, no, poor people! #11318677

Douglas Pignet June 16, 2015

great image and comp #11318694

Randall V. Rainey level-deluxe June 16, 2015

Looks great from the news perspective. I at first thought it was the scene from Baltimore next to the train tracks that sank from a very driven rain situation. Once again great coverage. #11318783

Emile Abbott level-deluxe June 16, 2015

Great photojournalism Michelle. #11318864

Jeff Sielski June 16, 2015

Awesome capture Michelle! #11318946

John Connolly June 16, 2015

An excellent capture of this dreadful event Michelle! I am glad my car is not in there with this lot #11319001

Karen E. Gold level-deluxe June 18, 2015

Great capture. #11319793

Gord MacEachern June 19, 2015

Wow, that is one amazing image, and info Michelle!! #11320495

Jill Odice level-classic June 20, 2015 1

OMG...poor folks who owned the cars and all the others affected by this! Great photo journalism Michelle. You really caught the feeling of what these folks must have experienced! #11320860

ALLEN O. HOWARD June 20, 2015

A great journalism picture along with story! #11321058

Ernesto L. Yu June 23, 2015

Can feel the full impact of this photojournalism! #11322162

Anita Bower July 18, 2015

I live in West Nottingham, PA, about 50 miles from Philly. I had no idea this occurred. Great photo. #11332869

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