Ending off the year with a bang.. A monster of a sinkhole swallows Peak District field after extreme wet weather..
THIS monster sinkhole might look like a scene from a disaster movie but it is just the latest havoc caused by Britain’s extreme festive weather.
Locals believe heavy rain caused the massive chasm…
The 160 foot wide and 130 foot deep chasm, which is still growing, opened up at Foolow, in the Peak District, due to heavy rainfall over the Christmas period.Locals believe the freakish hole was caused when heavy precipitation made part of the Mill Dam Old Lead Mine, in Derbyshire, cave in.
Its massive proportions can be seen in comparison to a passerby captured in images at the sinkhole’s edge.
Electricity engineers visited the site today to assess the re-routing of cables, after two electricity poles were left standing precariously either side of the hole.
Engineers had to re-route electrical cables due to the massive sinkhole.Forecasters warned today that the deluge is set to continue lashing the UK throughout January, with areas already suffering flooding braced for more chaos.The warning comes after Christmas storms left some areas under inches of floodwater and thousands of homes without power for almost a week.
Four inches of rain could fall in parts of the UK over the next 10 days – with the South once again bearing the brunt, forecasters said.
David Cameron urged the Department for Communities and Local Government to “ensure councils have robust plans” in place for the incoming weather.
The Government’s Cobra emergency committee has discussed the crisis and agreed to give funding to councils struggling to cope.
A passerby looks tiny compared with the huge chasm.The Met Office said the unsettled weather is “more likely than not” set to persist until late next month.“This would mean spells of dull, wet and windy weather alternating with brighter but colder and showery periods, including some wintry showers,” said a spokesman.
Jonathan Powell, of Vantage Weather Services, said three separate storms are gearing up this week, with gales of up to 90mph and downpours.
He said: “There is a three-pronged attack due this week with storms due on Sunday night, Tuesday and then again on Wednesday with a complete New Year washout on the cards.”