Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom. February 17th, 2014.

The wet weather in England has taken it’s toll..

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hh7 hh6 hh5 hh4 hh3 HH2More than a dozen homes have been evacuated after a 35ft-wide sinkhole opened up in a street.

Police say they have evacuated 17 properties at the site in Oatridge Gardens in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

They said they received a report at 7.30am to say the sinkhole had opened up.

Sky News reporter Siobhan Robbins says residents reported feeling the ground shake overnight.

It is believed the sinkhole opened up at about 6am.

The emergency services are still trying to cut off the gas and the electricity to homes around the site.

The road and several other surrounding roads have been closed.

In a separate incident on Wednesday a 15ft-deep sinkhole closed the M2 motorway near Sittingbourne in Kent.

Earlier this month, a sinkhole measuring 30ft-deep swallowed a car after opening on the driveway of a house in High Wycombe.

Experts claim the wet weather of recent weeks could be to blame.

Britain has been battered by weeks of severe weather, causing major disruption to road and rail travel.

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Kentucky. February 12th, 2014.

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corvette 2A 40-foot sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight collector cars, including a black 1962 model, the museum said on Wednesday.

No injuries were reported, but a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors Co were among the iconic cars piled up in the pit.

“It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident,” the museum, based in Bowling Green, said in a statement.

Alarms went off early Wednesday morning in the “Skydome” area and museum security officers who rushed to the scene found the sinkhole, 25 to 30 feet deep.

The Bowling Green Fire Department estimated the sinkhole at 40 feet wide. No one was in or around the museum during the collapse happened.

In addition to the 1962 Black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette, were among the damaged cars owned by the museum.

The museum will be closed, while a structural engineer assesses the damage and stability of the surrounding area, the museum said.

GM builds Corvettes at a plant in Bowling Green across the street from the museum, which opened in 1994. Buyers of new Corvettes can arrange to take delivery of their car at the museum.

Here are some videos, including new-style drone footage, which should offer good footage of sinkholes in the future..:

 

 

 

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Detroit, Michigan. January 20th, 2014.

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There’s an ongoing traffic alert if you’re heading to the North American International Auto Show in the next couple of days. There’s a sinkhole in downtown Detroit that may affect your drive.

The sinkhole measures about 10 feet by 10 feet and is on Randolph street at the intersection of Jefferson right by the Coleman A. Young municipal building and the Millender Center.

M-DOT Spokeswoman Diane Cross says they’ve blocked the right westbound lanes of Jefferson there coming off of I-375 into downtown.

But the question remains as to the cause of the sinkhole:

“Well, unfortunately we are a pretty old city, we have older substructures underneath the roadways, and so at the moment we are not sure,” said Cross. “Age is always a factor – that’s going to be the kind of thing that’s going to have to be determined as well.

Cross recommends taking an alternate route like the Lodge if you’re headed to events such as the auto show until repairs are complete.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado. 20th January, 2014.

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Crews are working to fix a large sinkhole. It’s from a water main break off of Kodiak and Monterey. That’s near Circle and Hancock Expressway in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs Utilities say they found about the problem around 8 p.m. Sunday.

Crews hope to have repairs done by Monday morning. Nine customers are without water as of 10 p.m. Sunday.colorado 1-19-14

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Hartford, Connecticut. January 19th, 2014.

Crews have finished repairing an early morning water main break on Harper Street that caused a small sinkhole in the roadway.

The break occurred around 3am Sunday affecting nine multi-family houses in the area.

Officials say the front, passenger tire of a parked car slipped into the sinkhole and police later towed the vehicle away.

The Harper Street water main is over 85 years old, according to city officials.

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Foolow, United Kingdom. December 30th, 2103

Ending off the year with a bang.. A monster of a sinkhole swallows Peak District field after extreme wet weather..

peak 3 peak 2 peak 1THIS 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.”

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Santa Fe, New Mexico. October 10th, 2013.

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What started as a small leak that nobody could see, grew and grew until it became a big problem that nobody could ignore.

And it left dozens of Santa Fe residents without water, power or a way to get around their neighborhood.

“Oh, look at all the water,” said Tanya Frank.

A six-foot deep sinkhole at the intersection of Camino Sierra Vista and Onate left around 50 homes and a hair salon without water.

“I just got that far and I could see the water just gushing. It was just amazing. It was like a nightmare. It was like a sci-fi movie,” describes Dolores Martinez.

A 12-inch water main burst, pushing water up to the surface, creating cracks in the pavement, until it gave out.

Santa Fe Emergency Management says hundred year old pipes and a dip in temperatures can bring the possibility of sinkholes.

“It’s difficult to prevent. It can be very expensive and disruptive to replace all the water mains,” said Andrew Phelps with SF Em. Management.  “A lot of times it’s looking for smaller leaks before they become huge eruptions.”

“It is pretty scary especially if you’re trying to drive by, are you going to sink? is it going to collapse,” said Frank.

Phelps says terrifying images out of Florida of a resort being devoured aren’t likely to be seen here.

“That’s an issue in wetter climates you see a lot in Florida where it’s closer to sea level,” said Phelps. “The water table is a little bit different. So we really don’t have those types of sinkholes right here.”

Power was also shut off in part of the area.

Repair crews hope to have the water restored early in Wednesday morning.

The city says this is a good opportunity to remind people to have an emergency plan in place that includes having three days’ worth of water.Santafe2013-1 Santafe2013-2

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