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Sinkhole that swallowed a car in the South End is filled

Boston Water and Sewer Commission workers filled in the sinkhole on Northampton Street on Tuesday morning.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

The sinkhole that swallowed a car in the South End is now but a memory.

The combined efforts of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission crews and private contractors working late into Monday night resulted in the car being removed, the sinkhole being filled in, repairs being made to the 20-inch broken main, and fresh paving covering where it all happened.

On Tuesday morning, the affected block of Northampton Street was still closed off and crews shoveled dirt onto the spot where the sinkhole used to be.

The 20-inch main broke around 3:15 a.m. Monday on Northampton Street and flooded the immediate neighborhood, creating a sinkhole that consumed the car that was later removed.

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Neighbors also were impacted. Stephany Perez and her six children awoke to 6 inches of water in their basement apartment on Tremont Street. Crews later removed the water, but Perez said she will have to assess the damage the flooding had on the flooring in her unit.

Sileshi Beshah, the manager of the Gulf gas station on the corner of Tremont and Northampton Streets, said the gas station remained closed Tuesday afternoon.

The owner is waiting on an inspection by the city to ensure the flood water did not affect the gas main in any way, Sileshi said. Only then, he said, can they reopen the gas station.

The Gulf gas station on the corner of Tremont and Northampton Streets remained closed Tuesday, as an inspection and approval is needed before it is able to reopen, manager Sileshi Beshah said. Bailey Allen

Thomas Bagley, a BWSC spokesman, wrote in an e-mail Tuesday that no one has filed a claim for compensation in the wake of the flooding caused when the pipe, originally installed in 1874 and updated in 1972, gave way.

Bagley also wrote the cause of the break remains under investigation by the agency. Water service has been fully restored to Northampton Street, he wrote.


John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe. Bailey Allen can be reached at bailey.allen@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @baileyaallen.