Sewer falls in outside school
REPAIRS had to be carried out to underground sewer pipes after a hole opened up in the road outside a school as children left for the day.
PCSO Sean McDonnell directed drivers and parents away from the hole, outside Falmouth Primary School, until the fire brigade and highways officials arrived.
Wendy Haith had just picked up her son when she came across the 2ft-wide hole in Park Rise just after 3pm on Thursday.
She told the West Briton: "It's a big hole with what looks like a cave underneath.
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"After school I saw there was a man standing in the road.
"You have to be a bit nosey, so I had a look and saw this really deep hole and it looked like more of the road was going to go.
"It was like a cavern, and when you looked down it you couldn't see the edges of where it stopped."
PCSO McDonnell said: "It was a pretty big hole; a motorbike could have easily fallen in it."
Cornwall Council said its highways team put a barrier around the hole and liaised with South West Water to get it fixed.
On Friday the company repaired two damaged lengths of sewer and the road reopened later that day.
A spokesman said: "We believe the damage may have been caused by the recent severe weather."
The school said it had not affected access for pupils or staff.
To see a video of the hole visit www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/falmouthhole