Sinkhole opens at Crouch Lane, Seaford

A car-sized hole has opened up in the middle of a downtown street.

The gurgling hole began to open at around 12pm this afternoon in Crouch Lane, Seaford.

Rats could be seen running out of the sinkhole which has been growing by the hour.

A passer-by told The Argus that the hole “is getting wider very quickly”.

The Argus: ESFRS at the crime scene in Crouch LaneESFRS at the crime scene in Crouch Lane

He said, “It’s all over the street space, it’s quite a narrow street.”

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.

There is currently a dam in place around the sinkhole while ESFRS drains it.

The Argus: The Sinkhole at 2:10 p.mThe doline at 2.10 p.m

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.”

The Argus: The sinkhole filled to the brim today and gurgled as rats ran away. Image by Nick MeldrumThe sinkhole filled to the brim today and gurgled as rats ran out. Image by Nick Meldrum

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. Sinkhole opens at Crouch Lane, Seaford

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