Family evacuated because of sinkhole in Blackrock housing estate

Family evacuated because of sinkhole in Blackrock housing estate

Irish Water staff examine a burst water pipe at the driveway to a home at McGrath Park, Blackrock. Picture: Larry Cummins

A CORK family has had to be evacuated from their Blackrock home after a water leak led to a big sinkhole.

Two units of Cork City Fire Service attended at the scene this morning in McGrath Park just before 7am, after receiving a call about a burst water main in the area.

A spokesman for the fire service said that the sinkhole was visible to fire personnel when they arrived at the scene, as well as water gushing from the burst main.

He added that cracks were also visible on the front wall of one of the houses.

The family in the home have since been evacuated and the area was sealed off.

The fire service spokesman said: “Part of the footpath had also been undermined.” 

In a statement this afternoon, Irish Water said: “Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork City Council continue to work on site in McGrath Park, Blackrock to ensure the area is made safe and to establish what additional works need to be carried out. There will be no widespread water supply interruption due to remedial works that were carried out on site earlier this morning and Irish Water are engaging will all other stakeholders and affected families at this time."

The statement continued: "Irish Water apologises for any inconvenience as a result of this issue. Customers with queries or concerns about the quality of their drinking water should contact the Irish Water customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 or via Twitter @IWCare."

The statement concluded: "Irish Water continues to work at this time, with our local authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind customers to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice on handwashing."

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