Beach sink hole mystery could be blocked pipe

PUBLISHED: 16:04 14 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:04 14 August 2015

Members of EDDC's Streetscene team investigating the sink hole on Exmouth beach

Members of EDDC's Streetscene team investigating the sink hole on Exmouth beach

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The Exmouth beach sink hole mystery could be the result of a blocked pipe deep beneath the sand, East Devon District Council says

The Exmouth beach sink hole mystery may have been solved because engineers have discovered a pipe deep under the sand.

Following a tip off from a member of the public, East Devon District Council (EDDC) engineers found a South West Water pipe beneath the sand which is believed to be blocked.

Council engineers will now be working with South West Water and contractors over the coming weeks to resolve the problem.

The district council said investigation work would enable the council to gauge a timescale for the work.

Dog walkers and bathers have been advised to avoid the cordoned off area as work on the site continues.

Nick Christo, an East Devon District Council Streetscene manager, said: “We’re very confident we can resolve this problem and open up that area of the beach again for everyone to enjoy.”

The hole - measuring around two metres – has opened up three times over a six-week period.

It appears to open up after heavy rain, prompting EDDC to cordon off the area.

On the two previous occasions, the sinkholes have remained for a few days until refilled by sand and other beach materials washed up through the natural actions of the tides.

Dog walkers and bathers have been advised to avoid the cordoned off area as work on the site continues.

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