A frightening video surfaced Thursday showing just how amazing it was that no one was hurt when a Baltimore street collapsed following storms and flash flooding the day before.
The video, obtained by NBC News from freelance cameraman Nick Reyes, shows residents first gawking at the partial collapse of 26th Street in the Charles Village neighborhood.
Cars are tilted into a slight ditch, but look salvageable. That all changes when — as the video shows — the ground collapses and all of the cars crumble away.
In the background screams can be heard, but fortunately no one was injured in the incident, officials said.
Reyes lives on the street in the north east section of the city.
"I was in my house and then I looked out the window and saw that it was starting to go, so I ran outside and got my camera," he told NBC News on Thursday.
He said the street has been slightly uneven for years, but that the city hadn't acted on residents' complaints.
"Recently you could see that it was getting progressively worse," said Reyes.
He also noted that he was lucky not to get taken down in the landslide.
"Probably three to four minutes before (the video clip seen) I was actually horizontal with all the line of the cars, and then I stepped back towards my house — and then three or four minutes later it all went. I got out of there in the nick of time."
Reyes' 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was a casualty of the sinkhole, and he and his cat have been forced to evacuate their home.
"There’s word being thrown around that we won't be back in our houses for 40 days," said Reyes, 24. "Right now I'm just up the creek without a paddle."
Authorities have evacuated 19 homes as a result of the collapse, gas and water lines have been turned off as the city is investigates whether any warning signs were missed, officials told NBC affiliate WBAL.
The train tracks next to the block-long sinkhole were owned by CSX. The company said rail traffic in the area has been suspended.
Courtesy Stacey Mink
Heavy rains caused a landslide in Baltimore, Md., on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
First published May 1 2014, 3:22 PM