Massive sinkhole appears in Somerset

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If you're fed up with the ever growing number of potholes making driving an alloy-wheel denting nightmare on your street, bear a thought for residents of Green Ore, near Wells in Somerset, who woke up to discover a huge 3.5m deep sinkhole had appeared outside their houses.

Dubbed the 'Green Ore Gap, the sinkhole, which has been attributed to historic mining activity in the area, measures 5m across – more than enough to swallow a large luxury saloon car.

The sinkhole made the B3135 Roemead road completely impassable until engineers managed to fill it with some 200 tonnes of stone, and replace the lost road surface.

Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor Harvey Siggs said: "I'd like to praise the Highways staff and contractors involved in this repair project," reported the Wells Journal.

"Our roads have been hit hard following the severe weather over the last couple of years but our teams have worked exceptionally hard throughout.

"Somerset County Council repaired over 25,000 potholes during the last financial year which is nearly 70 every day – thankfully extreme incidents like this one are very rare."

The exact reason behind the sinkhole's appearance has eluded engineers, though possible explanations include Roman mining in the area, combined with the unusually high amount of rainfall the Somerset area has suffered in recent months.

Somerset residents are urged to report any further potholes to the local council via its website.