Massive sinkhole in St Albans street could take weeks to repair
2 October 2015
From the section Beds, Herts & Bucks
People living in a street in St Albans, in which a massive sinkhole has opened up, have been told it could take weeks to repair the road.
The 66ft (20m) diameter hole spread across a front garden and driveway on Fontmell Close and is 33ft (10m) deep.
Experts at the British Geological Survey said it was most likely to have been caused by the collapse of a previously unrecorded mine.
More than 50 homes were left without power after the hole appeared.
Hertfordshire County Council said five homes were evacuated in the early hours of Thursday morning and 20 people were taken to a centre set up at the nearby Batchwood Sports Centre.
Residents are said to have heard a crash before the huge crater appeared.
A spokesman for the fire service said it was previously aware of a small hole that was due to be filled in.
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