Police have closed part of the Malone Road in south Belfast after a small subsidence in the road surface was discovered.
Photographs taken at the scene show a small hole in the road's tarmac surface in one of the city's most popular area.
DoE officers were at the scene to survey the damage and assess the situation.
The closure was announced around 6.30pm on Sunday evening.
Police issued an online statement to inform motorists of the closure and added: "Diversions are in place at Wellington Park and Eglantine Avenue."
The full extent of the damage is not yet known.