Car closes road in Norwich after becoming stuck in sinkhole
A motorist in Norwich has had a nasty shock after becoming stuck in a sinkhole on a busy Norwich street. Sarah Larter and her partner, aged 39 and 45, described the 'boom' as their Citroen C4 Picasso became stranded with its front wheel stuck in the road surface.
"We felt this boom and the car just went into the hole," Larter told the BBC. "We did not see anything – we just wondered what we had hit. We just felt this bump.
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"There were some workmen and they said to get out of the car. I was shaken and my other half was shaken as well, so not good.
"We got out and thought 'Oh god, it's a sinkhole.'"
Police said the sinkhole appeared at around 9:50am on Rouen Road in Norwich. The street has since been closed for repairs, with the city council and Anglian Water estimating a completion date of Tuesday, March 20.
That would leave the busy city centre road closed over the weekend, potentially causing traffic chaos as local football team Norwich City plays a game at home. Rouen Road is just a ten-minute walk to the stadium and is frequently used on match days for parking.
A spokesperson for Anglian Water said: "We received reports of a leaking water pipe on Rouen Road at the end of last week.
"Our engineers inspected the damaged pipe the following day and arranged for a repair to be made today. Unfortunately, the surface of the road has since deteriorated. Our teams will be on site this afternoon."