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Thursday 28 August 2014

Massive sinkhole caused by crashing waves whipped up by the storm

Published 06/01/2014 | 13:19

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A huge hole at Tramore, Co.Waterford where the road was eroded away by the sea  on Sunday. Photo; Mary Browne
A huge hole at Tramore, Co.Waterford where the road was eroded away by the sea on Sunday. Photo; Mary Browne
The giant pothole was created by lashing waves on Tramore's seafront. Photo: Tina Schley
Part of Strand road in Tramore, Co Waterford collapsed yesterday and left this massive hole. Picture: Joe Fitzgerald/Tramore Tourism Facebook

A massive sinkhole has appeared in Waterford, caused by massive waves that have been eating at the coast.

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Strand road in Tramore is closed today as the road has a part of the road collapsed and left the massive hole.

The massive hole was caused when waves breached the sea wall.

The council have been attempting to repair the damage, however a five meter swell has made it impossible to repair even during low tide.

Temporary measures have been put in place by the council until they can make a full repair.

It is feared that should conditions get worse as the storm makes land fall it could lead to the hole getting bigger, or even bringing down the sea wall entirely.

A number of apartments are nearby and residents are worried of the affect any further erosion could have on the safety of their homes.

Local independent councillor and former mayor of Tramore Joe Conway said locals are worried by the situation.

“It’s a very worrying problem, with each high tide there is a danger the sea defences could collapse", he told Independent.ie.

“The council are working flat out to solve the problem, however they’re being battered from all sides with the gales and the five meter swell”.

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