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Road collapses after torrential downpours

By EGaskarth  |  Posted: July 14, 2012

The gaping hole on Old Beer Road in Seaton

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A "potentially dangerous" Devon road has been closed indefinitely after part of it collapsed.
People are being urged to stay away from Old Beer Road in Seaton by Devon County Council.
The authority confirmed that the road and footway will remain closed indefinitely while it monitors damage that has caused it to drop by around a metre in the past 24 hours.
Old Beer Road was initially closed on Wednesday after it sustained severe cracking due to the torrential downpours that caused devastation to parts of Devon last week.
The concern is now that the structural damage to the road could result in the collapse of more of the highway, so barriers are being moved back and strengthened to prevent any access.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: "This section of road is moving and is potentially dangerous so I would ask people to steer clear and please respect the barriers that are there for your safety. The road will remain shut while we assess how much more of the road could move, but if the wet weather continues further damage could be caused so it is not safe for people to get too close."
The South West Coast Path is being diverted from the route and diversion signs will be put in place as soon as possible, advising users to use the pavement on Beer Road.

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