“We received a call earlier this evening of a sinkhole opening up at the new IHOP restaurant. Upon arrival, we found multiple vehicles in the ditch. At this time, we are trying to stabilize this and keep everyone away,” Meridian Fire Department Chief Battalion Wayne Cook said. A water line ruptured as well, that left nearby hotels without water. The main concern immediately was to continuously rope off the area to keep everyone away. Fortunately anyone was injured. Meridian has received about 3 inches of rain in the weekend but the cause which generated the sinkhole is not known yet. Officials expect to start moving cars within three to five days.