50 ft. wide sinkhole shuts down street in Rock Hill

- A 50 ft. wide sinkhole opened up in Rock Hill after gushing water split the road open in minutes. 

"It washed away my garden," Robert Barko said. 

That's the least of Barko's worries after the torrential rain caused severe damage on his property, and on his street. 

"It caused more effects, it rained for so long, the ground couldn't hold it anymore," Barko said. 

The rain in Rock Hill, and along Runningbrooke Lane, forced the creek along Barko's property to fill up. The rushing water was so powerful, a giant pipe separated under the road, causing a 50 ft. sinkhole to form. 

"I wasn't 100 percent sure it would tear it up so bad, but I knew it was going to tear open the pipe," Barko explained. 

One of Barko's two boats were also washed off his property. One got stuck against a tree while the other landed in the creek. 

"My boats right there, it was washed over yonder before it stopped," Barko said.

And the weather didn't stop wreaking havoc. A popular tree was ripped out of the ground, knocking two other trees down with it. 

"It's a big ol' tree," Barko said. 

York County Public Works told FOX 46 Charlotte Runningbrooke Lane will be closed for at least two weeks as crews wait out even more rain that could come our way. 

They plan on trying to salvage the metal pipe that's under the road and if that can't be saved, they'll put in a new one. 

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