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A Giant Hole Swallowed A Load Of Cars In Florence

"Goodbye dear little car, thank you for all the good trips."

Posted on May 25, 2016, at 10:55 a.m. ET

A section of road on the bank of the Arno River in Florence, Italy, collapsed Wednesday, stranding cars and leaving thousands of residents without water.

Niccolò Teodori

The collapse, near the city's famous Ponte Vecchio bridge, happened early Wednesday morning after a water pipe under the street burst overnight.

Niccolò Teodori

No one was harmed in the incident, Florence Mayor Dario Nardella tweeted.

Niccolò Teodori
Niccolò Teodori

Resident Niccolò Teodori, whose blue Fiat Punto car is among those in the hole, told BuzzFeed News waking up to find it submerged was quite a shock.

Niccolò Teodori

"My blood froze," he said. "I was about to leave for Treviso for work when a friend sent me the local police's photo of the collapsed road along the Arno river. At that point I realized there was little hope as I remembered exactly where I had parked [my car]."

On Facebook he lamented the loss of his car. "Goodbye dear little car, thank you for all the good trips. The Punto has gone to a better life 😭😭."

The hole is about 650 feet (200 meters) in length and 23 feet (7 meters) across, the BBC reported.

Maurizio Degl'innocenti / AP
Maurizio Degl'innocenti / AP

At least 20 cars were damaged when the road collapsed.

Several buildings near the collapsed road were evacuated as a precaution, Italian news site Corriere reported.

Niccolò Teodori / Via

Officials are now working to remove the cars from the hole so they can repair the broken pipe.

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