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Heavy rain causes road to buckle in Mount Dora

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Updated: 6/11/2013 9:30 pm

MOUNT DORA, Fla. -- Heavy rains are being blamed for causing a road to buckle in Mount Dora Tuesday afternoon.

Donnelly Street collapsed, nearly swallowing up a car in its path. The incident happened near Third Avenue.

The roadway has since been closed.

Nearby, a crane is stuck in a second hole that opened up.

A multimillion-dollar project called Street Scape is under way in the area, and the collapsed road could cause problems for the project.

Business owners said heavy rain and a flash flood raced through the area about 4 p.m.

They said all that water came down the hillside and washed out part of the road, causing it to collapse.

Much of the street had already been dug up as part of the construction project, and one business owner blames the work that had been done so far for the collapse.

The city isn't sure what went wrong. They said their contractor and Public Works Department will be at the scene through the night.

Besides getting the cars and crane out of the holes, the water is out to several businesses. There might be a break in a line, officials said.

In Volusia County, some areas got several inches of rain on Tuesday, and it seems Daytona Beach and Holly Hill were among the hardest hit areas.

The rain came down quickly, hammering the area. On Atlantic Avenue, water built up quickly and caused an SUV to hydroplane and crash into another car, fire crews said.

Firefighters said the SUV tried to pass a bus but it hydroplaned and ended up striking another car.

No one was seriously injured.

The streets also quickly filled up with water in Holly Hill. There, police closed off a lane of Ridgewood Avenue for several blocks as the road flooded.

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