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Nine families who have been forced to leave their homes because an old mine shaft collapsed are spending the weekend in temporary accommodation.
They were evacuated on Wednesday, November 14th, when a 25 metre crater appeared in Egremont.
Efforts to stabilise the area are still on going.
A ninth home has been evacuated on Howbank Road in Egremont, after a drilling rig being used to cap a mine with concrete, fell around 50 feet into the shaft on 14th November.
The latest home had to be evacuated because the slippage of the ground surrounding the houses has increased.
Copeland Council say they are continuing to advise residents, for their own safety, not to return to their homes.
The council couldn't specify when residents would be allowed to return to their homes, but say they are exploring potential access arrangements for next week.
Residents in Egremont in West Cumbria are unable to return to their homes after the partial collapse of an old mine. It was being capped with concrete when a drilling rig fell in, creating a 25 metre hole.
ITV Border's reporter Samantha Parker has been there and has sent this report:
Copeland council have said that anyone with any concerns about the collapsed mine shaft in Egremont should call: 0845 054 8600.
They say they are working with specialist engineers to investigate the cause of the collapse and determine the next steps.
They say they will be regularly be providing updates on the situation.
The tenants of proiperties that needed to be evacuated in Egremont because of the mine shaft collapse have been re-homed by their housing association, Home group.
Andrea Thorn, Home Group’s head of customer service said:
Six houses in Egremont have been evacuated after an old mine shaft collapsed.
The council have been monitoring the area for six months after 'slippage' was reported and a 76m deep pit shaft found.
The council were trying to fill the hole in with concrete when the drilling rig, which was being controlled remotely, fell into the shaft.
No one was hurt in the incident. There is currently a 25m depression around the area which is encroaching on the houses.
Engineering consultants are on site.