Residents couldn’t believe their eyes after seeing a sinkhole open up in front of their house over New Year.
David Mason and his wife first spotted a small hole in the kerb last Tuesday, but it has since developed into a huge sinkhole outside their house in Stonepit Drive, Cottingham.
Their first thought was that the damage had been caused by a refuse lorry so they rang Corby Council to report it.
But after a representative from Kier went out to look at it, Mr Mason was referred to the county council’s Street Doctor service.
They sent someone out on December 30, but at this stage it was still a depression in the ground with no sign of water.
Mr Mason said: “It got progressively worse and no-one came out so I got the police out and they put a temporary barrier round it.
“They must have contacted someone because later that night someone came out to put a more permanent enclosure around the hole.
“The next day it started to get bigger and deeper and by then it was measuring 16ft by 12ft and about 3ft deep, and the barriers they had put up started to slide into the hole.”
Mr Mason went out on New Year’s Day to hear rushing water and it wasn’t long before Anglian Water was there to stop it.
An Anglian Water spokesman said the problem had been caused by a burst water main, and they went out to fix it as soon as it was reported to them.
The repairs were due to be finished by the end of this week.
Mr Mason said: “Anglian Water have been absolutely fantastic, they worked like Trojans on New Year’s Day.”
But he added: “It was amazing how rapidly it escalated. We just sat and watched it happen in front of our eyes.”
An assessor from Anglian Water will visit the site today to see the damage.