The recent heatwave, and subsequent thunderstorms have taken it’s toll. Flooding and landslides have been prevalent in the news lately with disruption across the UK and Europe; freak hailstorms and landslides affected the Tour de France last weekend and flooding has closed roads and damaged bridges overnight in Yorkshire…
On September 25th, 2017, a large sinkhole appeared on the pavement at a pedestrian crossing in Brow Gate, Baildon, causing traffic disruption indefinitely. According to a pedestrian, the sinkhole opened within a time frame of a few minutes. Gas engineers from Northern Gas Networks are assessing the damage.
The local geological conditions are favourable for subsidence; superficial till (composed of clay) deposits shrink under prolonged dry conditions and 19th Century, unrecorded utilities infrastructure may be the cause of the collapse.
On the 9th November 2016 a naturally occurring sinkhole opened up on Magdalens Road near the River Ure in west Ripon. The collapse, reaching depths of 9m, measured 10m x 20m and extended into the back gardens of three households. The sewage system connecting the residencies collapsed and a safety parameter was set up resulting in the evacuation of 12 homes. On the 11th November BGS undertook investigation works concluding that the site remained at risk of further slippage. Monitoring continued, especially of the surface tension fractures which when recorded, had extended to twice the distance of the collapses 10m surface footprint. The BGS response team, after completing data collection, liaised with Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, and utility services in regards to ground stability. Currently, the team then returned to the BGS to analyse the field data. Following this, the Harrogate Borough Council officers met with representatives of North Yorkshire County Council highways department, Yorkshire Water and Northern Powergrid. As of the 14th of November all residents remained displaced, with utility companies working towards making plans for temporary solutions.