Car-sized sinkhole captured on video at Seaford

RATS could be seen scurrying out of a car-sized sinkhole in the middle of a downtown street.

Shocking footage shows the gurgling hole pattering on the tarmac at Crouch Lane, Seaford.

The incident happened around 12pm yesterday afternoon when people took footage of slabs of asphalt sliding into the brown liquid.

A passer-by told The Argus that the hole “gained on very quickly”.

The Argus: The sinkhole began to overflow as more tarmac fell into itThe hole in the ground began to overflow as more asphalt fell into it

Nick Meldrum, who captured the footage, said he saw “many rats” being evacuated from the “massive” sinkhole.

A spokeswoman for the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) said crews from Newhaven were called to a “suspected hole in the road” at 12.15pm.

Another passer-by said, “It’s all over the street space, it’s quite a narrow street.”

The Argus: One of the rats scurrying over to two people filming the sinkholeOne of the rats scurrying over to two people filming the sinkhole

The barrier remained in place around the sinkhole while ESFRS emptied it yesterday. It remains today.

A Sussex Police spokesman added it was unclear when the road would reopen.

The spokesman said: “At 1pm on Thursday 11 August police responded to a call from East Sussex Fire & Rescue to attend because of a sinkhole at Crouch Lane in Seaford.

“The road is closed and it is not yet known when it will reopen.”

Another person said it was “a bit scary for local residents”.

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate James MacCleary said “our road and sewage infrastructure is literally collapsing around us”.

He has asked East Sussex County Council to confirm they are looking into the sinkhole as a matter of urgency.

East Sussex County Council, which manages roads in the area, has been asked for comment. Car-sized sinkhole captured on video at Seaford

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