Update from South East Water on Seaford sinkhole repair work

A car-sized hole that opened in the middle of a city center street is still there.

The gurgling hole opened in Crouch Lane, Seaford, around 12pm on Thursday.

In front of shocked spectators, rats were seen scurrying out of the pit, which grew by the minute.

South East Water, which manages water in Seaford, has repaired the burst water main and will repair the road next week.

The Argus: Rats emerging from the Seaford burrow. Image by Nick MeldrumRats emerging from the sinkhole at Seaford. Image by Nick Meldrum

South East Water regional network manager Charles Healey said: “Repairs to a burst water main in Crouch Lane have now been completed and water is gradually returning to around 60 properties in the area.

“As a precaution, we are asking these customers to boil their water before drinking while we conduct water quality testing.

“We are now working to refill the sinkhole and road restoration will take place early next week.

“We would like to apologize for the disruption this water main burst has caused.”

A large fence has now been placed around the now empty sinkhole.

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

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

Nick Meldrum, who took footage of the widening of the hole, said he saw “many rats being evacuated from the ‘massive’ sinkhole”.

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.

The Argus: The sinkhole grew by the minute. Images by Nick MeldrumThe doline grew by the minute. Images by Nick Meldrum

A spokeswoman for East Sussex County Council said: “We were made aware of a hole in Crouch Road in Seaford yesterday afternoon and East Sussex Highways and South East Water were on the scene.

“South East Water is now making the necessary repairs to their infrastructure and highway.”

Firefighters from Newhaven and officers from Sussex Police were present.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20635260.south-east-water-update-repair-work-seaford-sinkhole/?ref=rss Update from South East Water on Seaford sinkhole repair work

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