A massive sinkhole has opened up on a residential street in St Albans.
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service published a photograph of the hole outside two houses on what looks to be a residential street.
Here is a picture of the sinkhole we attended. pic.twitter.com/PrE2hPFuPI— Herts Fire Control (@HertsFRSControl) October 1, 2015
The 65ft (20m) diameter hole spreads across a front garden and a driveway on Fontmell Close and is 33ft (10m) deep.
The fire service said at least 10 people were taken to an evacuation centre set up nearby.
Sinkholes around the world
Sinkholes around the world
1/9 Dunedin, Florida
The rear portion of a residential home is consumed by a sink-hole November 14, 2013. According to reports, the large sink-hole began to form between two houses the morning of November 14, and grew to size of about 30 feet wide by 30 feet deep
2/9 Clermont, Florida
A building sits partially collapsed over a sink-hole at Summer Bay Resort near Disney World on August 12, 2013. The 40 to 60 foot sink-hole opened up under the resort building reportedly begining late August 11 into early August 12. There were no injuries or deaths reported
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3/9 Shenzhen, China
Rescuers prepare to move a dead body found in a sink-hole on a road on May 21, 2013. Five people died when a 33 feet wide sink-hole opened up at the gates of an industrial estate in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boom town neighbouring Hong Kong
4/9 Chicago, Illinois
Workers prepare to pull a truck from a sink-hole that opened up on a residential street in the South Deering neighborhood on April 18, 2013. The driver of the truck was hospitalized after driving into the 15-feet-deep hole while on his way to work. Two other vehicles were also swallowed by the sink-hole
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5/9 Guangzhou, China
Workers use machinery to fill in a sink-hole that buildings collapsed into near a subway construction site. The hole measured about 1,000 square feet across and was around 30 feet deep, but no one was killed, according to a state media report
6/9 The Dead Sea, Israel
sink-holes created by the drying of the Dead Sea, near Kibbutz Ein Gedi, on November 10, 2011
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7/9 Guatemala City, Guatemala
A man inspects a sink-hole formed in a house on July 19, 2011 in the north of Guatemala City. When neighbors heard the loud boom overnight they thought a cooking gas canister had detonated. Instead they found a deep sink-hole the size of a large pot. The sink-hole was 40 feet deep and 32 inches in diamete
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8/9 Beijing, China
Workers use excavators to fill in a sink-hole which occured overnight on Shiliuzhuang road, in Beijing on April 26, 2011. A section of the road collapsed beneath a truck, slightly injuring the driver and a passenger, who both jumped out of the vehicle before it sank into the hole
9/9 Chevy Chase, Maryland
Utlity workers examine the scene of a car caught in a sink-hole caused by a broken water main, which collapsed part of Friendship Blvd. on December 3, 2010. No one was reported injured in the accident
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A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire County Council told The Independent they had been notified about a small hole on the footpath on Monday and that work had been scheduled to fill it in this morning.
But the fire service received a call at around 1:30am and was told the hole had "opened up substantially" overnight.
One resident, Julie Langford, said she had been warned that the hole could take weeks - or possibly months - before the road is fully repaired.
Ms Langford told Sky News: "I can't walk to work - I have an hour's commute in the morning. The children can walk to school, but when you're a mum with four children it's not easy."
Gas and electric supplies have been cut off to more than 50 properties while emergency crews assess the damage.
I can't walk to work - I have an hour's commute in the morning. The children can walk to school, but when you're a mum with four children it's not easy.
In a statement, St Albans City & District Council has said is is arranging overnight accommodation for residents in Fontmell Close and neighbouring Bridle Close.
It said: "We don't yet know how long people will be affected, but it could be some time so we are advising people to plan accordingly."
Councillor Richard Thake, cabinet member for community safety at Hertfordshire Council, said: "Our priority is to ensure the safety of residents in the area and minimise disruption and to resolve the situation as soon as possible".
The council said they "had no reason to suspect" the hole would collapse.
Sinkholes typically occur in areas where the rock beneath the land surface is porous- usually made of limestone, sandstone and other soft rock.
Water builds up in the rock, sometimes due to a burst water pipe, heavy rainfall or groundwater build up, and gradually erodes it till it collapses.
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