Sinkhole could keep people out of homes for 3 months

It's nearly two weeks since a ten metre wide and 6 metre deep sinkhole opened up in Hemel Hempsted. Forty eight homes in the surrounding housing estate had to be evacuated and are still empty today.

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Sinkhole could keep people out of their homes for a further 3 months

by Martin Stew

It's nearly two weeks since a ten metre wide and 6 metre deep sinkhole opened up in Hemel Hempsted.

Forty eight homes in the surrounding housing estate had to be evacuated and are still empty today.

Watch Martin Stew's report:

The sinkhole has been temporarily filled with concrete whilst engineering geologists assess whether the ground is now safe. They're now probing in sixty locations to see how firm the ground is from the surface to a depth of fifteen metres.

The developer who build the homes five years ago says he is hopeful people can move back into 44 of the 48 properties soon.

He says the timber design of the homes build on concrete foundations means they have stood up well to the damage.

The other four homes could require serious underpinning and early estimates show it could be at least three months before people can move back in.