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SEE IT: Giant sinkhole opens up in British town

It’s not quite the “rumble” you want to hear when you are expecting a baby.

A 65-foot sinkhole jolted the British town of St Albans early Thursday morning, approximately 20 miles north of London.

A small hole in the street had “opened up substantially” during the night, BBC News reported.

Pregnant St Albans resident Gemma Bagshaw, who has already passed her due date, told The Telegraph that she heard an “awful rumble” in the middle of the night.

“It sounded like a collapse, like an earthquake about 1:30 in the morning,” she told the British newspaper.

“We weren’t sure if it would be safe,” she continued. “It felt so close to the house it could have collapsed the house as well. As we were outside trying to wake the neighbors it moved again, it got bigger while we were there. We could hear it getting bigger.

“If that’s not going to bring the labor on I don’t know what will,” she said.

A giant sinkhole opened up in the British town of St. Albans on Thursday.sky news

A giant sinkhole opened up in the British town of St. Albans on Thursday.

The sinkhole forced the evacuation of residents of at least five homes, BBC News reported. An 80-year-old blind resident was terrified at the prospect of having to move.

“He’s been living on his own for ten years,” Frank Kalcozi’s daughter Maria Ellwood told The Sun. “But he knows where everything is — he has to. He has been crying, refusing to leave. He has been saying he just wants to die.”

Some residents were wondering if the crisis and the damage could have been avoided.

“I noticed a hole when we went for a walk last week,” Ellwood told The Sun. “I know that the water authority had issued a report on a burst water main. The council should have dealt with it, and then suddenly overnight this huge crater appeared. All these residents, many of whom are elderly, woke up with no electricity and no water.”



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