A massive sinkhole has opened up on a street in St Albans, forcing the evacuation of several families from their homes in the night.
The 66ft (20m) diameter hole spread across a front garden and driveway on Fontmell Close and is 33ft (10m) deep.
Hertfordshire County Council said five homes were evacuated and 20 people were taken to a centre set up at the nearby Batchwood Sports Centre.
Residents are said to have heard a crash before the huge crater appeared.
A spokesman for the fire service said it was previously aware of a small hole that was due to be filled in.
Firefighters received a call at 01:30 BST to say the hole had “opened up substantially” overnight.
A Hertfordshire County Council spokesman said: “We were informed about a hole in the footpath last week. It was inspected and barriers put around it on Monday.
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