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Urgent warnings issued over a sinkhole on Cork road

By Sarah Finnan

October 22, 2019 at 12:15pm


Cork County Council has issued warnings to motorists over a sinkhole on a busy Cork road.

The road between Castletownbere and Allihies remains closed today, thanks to the development of a dangerous sinkhole in recent days.

Works are underway to deal with the issue which is believed to be the result of a collapsed mine shaft in Cahermeelaboe. A previous mining location, the area was used to mine copper in the 19th and 20th century.

Barriers have been put in place to prevent access to the area but there are concerns that the hole could become larger still, so motorists (and pedestrians) are advised to exercise extreme caution in the surrounding area.

In a statement issued to their website, CCC said the following:

“While the road has been closed and barriers have been erected to prevent access to the area, there is the potential that this hole will become further enlarged (given the unknown ground conditions here), and therefore Cork County Council urges vigilance and advises that caution should be exercised by all in this area.”

Authorities are monitoring the situation, and are updating the public as the things develop.

Drone footage of the sinkhole captures the extent of the damage. Take a look below.

Scary stuff, stay safe out there.

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