Massive sinkhole swallows up three houses after storms hit UK

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Bernie Scanlon’s home is a pit.

A sinkhole sucked up the Brit’s house along with two others after heavy rains drenched their community, Abbey Hey in Manchester.

Scanlon, a 56-year-old single mom, had only minutes to escape before her modest brick home collapsed Thursday, the Manchester Evening News reported.

“I was going to throw a few bits in a bag, but then my ceiling started to go,” Scanlon told the News. “It was a split-second decision to leave. I thought: ‘If I don’t get out now, I’m not getting out.’”

Scanlon hopes she can get back into her home to save her belongings.

“I’ve slogged my guts out to pay that mortgage…” she said. “If we can’t get back in to get a few bits, we’ve got nothing.”

The crater opened up Wednesday night, swallowing a car. The noise brought Louise Kennedy’s mom outside.

“She just heard this loud bang,” Kennedy told the News. “My mum’s owned that house for 40 years and we’re stood here waiting to see if hers will collapse as well.”

A sinkhole sucked up three houses and a car after heavy rains drenched a community in Manchester, England.
A sinkhole sucked up three houses and a car after heavy rains drenched a community in Manchester, England.
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Across the UK, Storm Christoph has brought high winds and torrential rains.

One man drowned in the River Taff in Wales and flooding forced the evacuation of 2,000 homes and businesses in Didsbury, Greater Manchester, the Sun reported.

Aberllefenni, in Wales, reported the highest rain total — almost 7.5 inches in 56 hours.

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