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Mass flooding leaves thousands without power and causes huge sinkhole to appear

Liverpool has been plunged into darkness after major flooding caused a mass blackout and a sinkhole to appear.

Fire crews were called to the 4.5 metre by six metre sinkhole in Green Lane at about 10.30pm, with the service saying three fire engines were in attendance.

People are being evacuated from their homes and others are being told to avoid the area, Liverpool Echo reports.

In a statement, Merseyside Fire and Rescue said: “The incident has generated running water which is affecting the junction of Prescot Road 500 metres west and Green Lane 100 metres north.

“Road closures are in place and several properties in the area are being affected.

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Large parts of Liverpool have also been plunged into darkness

In surrounding areas, thousands of people were plunged into darkness shortly before 1am this morning with many reporting the incident to the emergency services.

According to Merseyside Fire and Rescue, some of the postcodes affected are L1, L3, L5, L6,L7 & L9.

These postcodes include the city centre, Bootle, Everton, Norris Green, Anfield and Kensington.

Emergency services were called to the junction with Prescot Road to deal with the incident where a large cordon has been put in place.

Mass flooding leaves thousands without power and causes huge sinkhole to appear
People have been evacuated from their homes

The service added: “MFRS are receiving reports of a power failure affecting a significant number of homes & businesses in the following areas of Liverpool.

“L1, L3, L5, L6,L7 & L9. Utilities companies are aware and are responding to deal with the issue.”

It is not clear whether the blackout is a result of the flooding in Old Swan.

The service added: “The suspected cause is a ruptured water main but this is not yet confirmed.

“Crews are working to restrict the flow of water and utilities companies are in attendance.”

Three fire engines and multiple police vehicles are in the area and people are being asked to avoid the roads affected.

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