The sinkhole under a road
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Hemel Hempstead sinkhole causes houses to be evacuated

15 February 2014 Last updated at 15:38 GMT

A sinkhole estimated to be 35ft (9m) wide and 20ft (6m) deep has opened up in a suburban road in Hertfordshire, causing 17 houses to be evacuated.

The hole in Oatridge Gardens, Hemel Hempstead, appeared at around 07:30 GMT. Experts say recent heavy rainfall has led to an "increased number" of sinkholes.

Chief Inspector Glen Channer from Hertfordshire Police explained the ongoing situation.