2pm update: Shops are open as investigations into Gorleston High …
13:57 10 June 2013
The “large hole” in Gorleston High Street revealed a cavern below.
Norfolk County Council is due to start excavation work tomorrow (Tuesday) as investigations into what caused a hole to appear in the middle of Gorleston High Street continue.
Gorleston s usually busy shopping strip was shut by police just before 4pm on Friday when a small section of road surface caved in, revealing a deep cavern below. It was initially thought the cavity was the result of a collapsed sewer, but Anglian Water this morning said it had carried out a detailed survey of their sewers in the area and found them all in working order. Earlier today, a team from the county council s highways department returned to the scene.
A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said workers are this afternoon putting together a map of all utility services in the area ahead of any excavation work which is expected to start tomorrow. It is essential because when we start to excavate we don t want to make things worse by going through cables or pipes, said the spokesman. This will also allow us to check for failure or leaks that may have caused the void.
As well as working from plans, we will be using ground sonar to check for unmarked or disused apparatus beneath the road. In the meantime signs are going up to inform people that the High Street businesses are open as usual. Reminding customers that shops are still open for business, Brian Durrant of Keith s Butchers on the High Street said: It s hard enough as it is, without something like this.
It is business as usual but we are losing a lot of passing trade.
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