Bath family wake up to big hole in garden
A family from Bath had a shock when they woke up to find a three-foot hole in their front garden.
Liam Curtis and his partner Stacie Muse were concerned when they discovered the hole, which increased in size during the day.
Discussions with social landlord Curo, which owns the other half of the property in Fairfield Park, and Wessex Water led to the conclusion that a collapsed stormwater pipe had caused the hole to form.
Workers from Wessex Water put up a fence and filled the hole with stones and will return to fix it next week.
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Stacie, a healthcare assistant at the Royal United Hospital, said she had been concerned about the safety of her two children Dylan, three, and Dexter, 18 months.
She said: "Every time I went out to look it seemed to be getting bigger. I was concerned about the children being out there, they could have been playing on the grass and just dropped when the ground gave way.
"I was also concerned that the house would become unstable. I am pleased with how quickly the problem was dealt with though."
It is thought that the recent heavy rain could have been a factor in the collapse.
A statement from Wessex Water said: "A stormwater pipe collapsed, resulting in a hole developing in the ground above.
"We carried out initial repairs by stabilising the ground and hope to complete work as soon as possible, once survey investigation reports have been done.
"We are still investigating why it collapsed but movement in ground conditions, due to heavy rainfall, could be a contributory factor."
Michael Whelan from Curo's asset management team, said: "We have treated this as a top priority.
"We are continuing to monitor the situation with Wessex Water, who are also closely involved.
"Because the garden affected is exclusive to the private owner, responsibility for further works is not straightforward and we are in contact with the residents about this."