Brit seafront collapses as huge sinkhole opens up and sea floods in

A gigantic sinkhole has opened up on the Welsh coast, causing part of a seafront to collapse.

The huge hole cuts off a sizeable part of Barmouth seafront, but the local council are apparently hoping to just fence the damaged section off so that walkers "can still turn around and visit Sean's kiosk for tea and ice cream."

Jessica Cotterill commented "gonna kiss my things goodbye at this rate" after video of the deep pit was posted to Facebook.

Local councillor Rob Triggs blamed Storm Ciara for the uncanny-looking pit, saying that the stone wall that protects the seafront is washed away most years.

However, years of underfunding for maintenance supposedly means that much of the walkway along the coast has been undermined by strong tides.

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Barmouth resident David Owen told Cambrian News how he discovered the pit, saying: "We noticed a small opening in the concrete a few months ago where water was pouring into.

“It seems with the recent high water the earth and rubble it was built on has washed away leaving a three-metre deep cavity that extends for metres in every direction.”

"We were extremely concerned about our home being flooded as the water was washing over the track into our property.”

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Another dangerous sinkhole opened up in the Brecon Beacons at the end of last month.

Brecon Beacons Mountain Rescue Team uploaded a picture of a huge circular hole in the middle of a bridge to its social media accounts, with a message warning ramblers and cyclists to avoid the popular route between Heol Senni and Ysdradfellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

They blamed the sudden appearance of the sinkhole on Storm Dennis and said the hole could be particularly dangerous for cyclists: "This bridge collapse is particularly unpleasant in that a mountain biker travelling at speed wouldn’t see it until they were on top of it."

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