Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sinkhole leaking sewage opens in housing estate

A dog had to be rescued from the hole over the weekend

Fencing has been erected around the sinkhole. Photo: Barry O Leary/ @bol2714
Fencing has been erected around the sinkhole. Photo: Barry O Leary/ @bol2714

Cormac Fitzgerald

A sinkhole leaking sewage has opened in a housing estate in Cork.

The hole opened in Classes Lake in Ballincollig over the weekend after a sewage pipe burst.

The area has been cordoned off. Photo: Barry O Leary/ @bol2714
The area has been cordoned off. Photo: Barry O Leary/ @bol2714

A dog had to be rescued from the hole after it got stuck over the weekend.

Cork County Council has sent out engineers and the sanitary service to the area. They identified the problem as a burst pipe and fenced off the green.

Local councillor Derry Canty said that that the area on the green has always had a slight depression that seemed to be getting worse over the years.

"A hole has developed due the the pipe collapsing. Over the years there was always a lag in the middle of that green and residents have raised it a number times that they could see it sinking.

"This could have been there for a long time but over the weekend the pipe burst and it just collapsed," he told Independent.ie.

Heavy rain over the weekend worsened the problem and led to the entire area on the green becoming marshy.

"Walking across the green yesterday to where the pipe collapsed it was very soggy and spongy," said Cllr Canty.

Cllr Canty said that the hole poses a serious health and safety risk and that work to fix the problem is expected to begin tomorrow.

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