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Sinkhole keeps residents out of their homes 

 Published on: 8th November 2018   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A number of people are still unable to return to their homes two days after a sinkhole opened up in St Albans. 

They were evacuated from Cedar Court just before 6am on Tuesday, November 6 after the hole was spotted by a member of the public.

Structural engineers have visited the site but it’s not yet known if there is any damage to the building or foundations. Utility services were also called to check gas and electricity and supplies were isolated as a safety precaution. 

A spokesman for St Albans City and District Council confirmed that 21 people are still in temporary accommodation and there’s no word yet on when they can return. 

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

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. 

Picture courtesy of Craig Shepheard 

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