Exmouth beach sinkhole to be supervised

PUBLISHED: 15:33 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:22 15 May 2017

East Devon District Council (EDDC) have said the sinkhole, that appeared  two weeks ago near Orcombe point, will be continuously watched during day light hours until work begins on Wednesday, May, 24.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) have said the sinkhole, that appeared two weeks ago near Orcombe point, will be continuously watched during day light hours until work begins on Wednesday, May, 24.

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A sinkhole on Exmouth beach is to be supervised daily by South West Water (SWW) until it is repaired.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) have said the sinkhole, that appeared two weeks ago near Orcombe point, will be continuously watched during day light hours until work begins on Wednesday, May, 24.

An EDDC spokesman said: “South West Water has removed the safety fencing, as they were having difficulty keeping it in place with the tide.

“ SWW have instead posted someone to supervise the site during daylight hours.

“At present tides aren’t low enough to reveal the sink hole. However, repairs are scheduled for 24 May when tides should be low enough.

“The previous sink hole was caused by the blockage of the end of the pipe, forcing water up through the sand and SWW suspect that the cause of the new sink hole will be similar.

“A manhole was added last time to try and provide a safe overflow when the outfall is blocked but it hasn’t been as effective as initially anticipated.

“SWW are looking at alternative means of preventing a reoccurrence.”


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