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Sinkhole forces early morning evacuation in St Albans 

 Published on: 6th November 2018   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents at a block of flats have been evacuated after a sinkhole appeared overnight. 

Police and emergency fire crews were called to Cedar Court after the hole was spotted by a member of the public just before 6am on Tuesday, November 6. 

Structural engineers are also at the scene on Cedarwood Drive. 

In a statement on their Twitter page, Herts fire and rescue service said: ‘Our priority is to ensure the safety of residents in the area. Utility services have also been on site to ensure gas, electricity and water supplies are isolated. We are working closely with St Albans resilience team at the scene to ensure the safety wellbeing of residents.’

It comes three years after 50 families were evacuated in the city after a 65ft sink hole opened up just off Seymour Road. 

Residents of Fontmell Close and Bridle Close had to use a temporary road built across nearby Bernards Heath as the road was inaccessible.

The collapse cost St Albans City & District Council £200,000 and Hertfordshire County Council £400,000. Surveys established the hole was caused by the mine workings of a former clay pit. 

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