Giant sinkhole swallows Milwaukee's attention and a Cadillac Escalade

Milwaukee, apparently, is drowning. Something like 7 inches of rain fell there inside a couple of hours on Thursday evening. Tornadoes touched down. Thousands of homes are without power.

And in the middle of this biblical-scale rain, a guy named Mark Pawlik is standing on a street corner with his camera, rubbing his eyes in disbelief at what he's seeing: A 20-feet-deep sinkhole; a pit worthy of a third-world disaster headline. He whips out his camera, and then, bam! A Cadillac Escalade crashes into the chasm.

"Everything went down. The power line went like 'pow' and then I think it was sewer water was just pouring into the hole," he tells the Journal Sentinel. "I said, 'Hey, man, are you OK, are you OK?' "

The driver climbs out, dazed and confused, and claws his way out of the pit with the help of some bystanders. An ambulance eventually carts off to the hospital. His high-end SUV, however, remains in the pit this morning, with its engine running to burn off gasoline.

So much for the off-road capabilities of the Escalade.

Here's a video report from WITI-TV:

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