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Ripon sinkhole 66ftwide crater opens up in back gardens in latest collapse

first_imgSeven houses were evacuated after a sinkhole “with an unknown depth” appeared in gardens.Emergency crews were called to the 66ft (20m) wide hole in Ripon, on Wednesday night, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed.The Ripon area is prone to sinkhole activity and this incident is close to where another opened up beneath a 100-year-old building in Magdalen’s Close in 2014, leaving it in a precarious state. An aerial view of the houses where sinkholes have opened up in the back garden Emergency crews were called to the Magdalen’s Road properties on Tuesday nightCredit:John Giles/PA A large crack on a house in Magadalen's Close, Ripon, after a 25ft-wide sinkhole opened up in February 2014 She added: “I am waiting to see if my landlord’s insurance will cover my accommodation costs as I am homeless now. We are allowed to go back in and get things, but we can’t live there at the moment.”The hole was mainly in the back garden of her next-door neighbour Ben Bramley, 43, a project manager with bookmakers William Hill.He was falling asleep when his partner Adele Richardson woke him to say there had been a “commotion” in the back garden.He said: “It sounded like a land slip, there was not a real thud or a big crash.” Mr Bramley investigated and found the “absolutely enormous hole”. Sinkholes are relatively common in Ripon and are usually caused by the dissolution of thick gypsum deposits beneath the area. Mrs Wood said: “They think it is gypsum that has caused it but they won’t confirm it until they have got the tests back.”After the 2014 partial house collapse, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said gypsum under the town had dissolved to form a maze-like cave system.It said in a report that sinkholes appeared in Ripon every two or three years in the 1980s and 1990s but there had not been any reported in the seven years before the 2014 event.The BGS said there were a number of possible triggering mechanisms, relating to action of water underground.Residents in three of the seven evacuated homes were allowed back while four occupants were advised to move out. He said: “It took out the entire back garden, from 10ft from the back door to the garage. It has taken a big chunk of land.”Emma Wood, 43, whose home backs onto the house where the sinkhole appeared, said her and her husband Barrie, 47, were in bed when firefighters evactuated the area.She said: “I was in bed and at 1am there was a knock on the door from the fire brigade who told my husband that we need to be evacuated because there was a large hole in the neighbour’s garden.”We grabbed a few bits, grabbed the dogs and went over the road to the pub where the fire brigade told us we needed to find somewhere else to stay for the night. Luckily my mum and dad took us in so we didn’t have to spend the night sleeping in the car.”We came back this morning about 10.25am to find out what is going on. We are now just waiting to see if we can get back inside. There is no indication at the moment to when it might be, but I won’t be rushing back in until they tell us it is safe.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An aerial view of the houses where sinkholes have opened up in the back gardenCredit:Phil Marsh/Guzeliancenter_img A spokesman said: “Two fire crews and an officer from Ripon attended a sinkhole that had appeared at the rear of two properties.”There were no injuries but seven properties were evacuated. The hole measured approx 20m (66ft) by 10m (33ft) with an unknown depth.”We are re-attending the incident this morning with several other agencies who attended during the night.”One resident took to social media to say his garden had disappeared in Magdalen’s Road. Ben Bramley posted on Twitter: He added: “Yeah, they’ve evacuated our row. Swallowed the garden so ’twill be interesting in light.”Frances O’Neill, whose property was affected, said she was woken up by a “tremendous noise” around 12.45am. The 74-year-old described her lucky escape after she almost fell in a 30ft deep sinkhole. “I went out of the back door and across my small patio,” she said. “I was going onto the garden when I realised the ground was moving underneath me. I grabbed a pole and pulled myself back up onto the patio.”Ms O’Neill said more than half of her garden had been destroyed, with “great big cracks” left in the ground. “My neighbour’s wall has fallen down and scattered over what is left of my garden,” she said. “If you look down from the patio there is a sheer drop from where the it used to be.” Emergency crews were called to the Magdalen's Road properties on Tuesday night Fire station manager Ben Cairns said three people were put up on camp beds last night by the fire service, while others stayed with relatives or in hotels.Speaking about the effect of the hole, he said: “It could have been worse. If it had been any nearer the properties we would have seen structural collapse or damage, bearing in mind this is a row of terraces, who knows what the extent of that could have gone.” I was going onto the garden when I realised the ground was moving underneath meFrancis O’Neill A large crack on a house in Magadalen’s Close, Ripon, after a 25ft-wide sinkhole opened up in February 2014Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA 30ft deep sink hole enveloping the back garden occurred at 10.30. Been told to leave the house for the night.— Ben Bramley (@BendyPotter) November 9, 2016last_img read more

CAL announces cancellations due to Hurricane Maria

Caribbean Airlines (CAL), earlier today, said that it has cancelled a number of flights scheduled for September 18 due to threats from Hurricane Maria.The airline in a press release said Hurricane Maria has caused the closure of George FL Charles International Airport in St Lucia and Strong Storm Winds in Barbados forcing the cancellation of flights.CAL announced that flights BW434, BW435, BW412, BW413, and  BW459 departing from Port of Spain to St Lucia, St Lucia to Port of Spain, Port of Spain to Barbados, Barbados to Port of Spain and Kingston to Antigua respectively, have been cancelled.The airline said that it is permitting affected customers to rebook their reservations without penalty, subject to the following conditions:• Passengers must have a confirmed ticket issued before September 18, 2017.• Passengers must book to travel during the period September 18-20, 2017.• Changes on the routing (origin/destination) of the original booking are not permitted.Meanwhile CAL said it will not be responsible for arrangements to/from alternative airports or for any hotel/overnight expenses incurred.The airline said that full refunds (without penalty) will be allowed on tickets issued for travel between 18 and 20 September 2017 only, with the last date for requesting refund being September 27, the airline said.Customers are advised to visit www.caribbean‐airlines.com to check their flight status before going to the airport or call the Caribbean Airlines call centres for further details. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCAL offers relief flights after cancellations due to weatherAugust 18, 2017In “latest news”Several CAL flights cancelled over storm warningJune 19, 2017In “latest news”CAL cancels Florida flights as Irma approachesSeptember 7, 2017In “latest news” read more

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