A BURST water main flooded Seamer yesterday before leaving a gaping hole in the Main Street.
The village was closed to traffic as a result of the incident, which was caused by a burst 12in water main.
At around 2.30pm villagers reported hearing a loud “thud” before looking out to see water flooding out in to Main Street, just along from the Copper Horse.
When the water cleared it revealed an eight-metre stretch of the road and part of the footpath had collapsed on the northbound lane of the B2161.
Ian Richardson, a sales assistant at the Renault show room in the village, was moving cars on the forecourt when the pipe burst just metres from him.
He said: “We heard a loud thud and then we saw water starting to pour out on to the road.
“When we looked closer the road itself had actually buckled and was being lifted in the air by the water.”
Once the water cleared the road then collapsed in on itself. Main Street was closed to traffic from the roundabout joining Ayton Road and Scarborough Road.
The burst main left many of the residents in Seamer without water for the majority of the afternoon.
A spokesman for Yorkshire Water said:
“There is a very short diversion in place to the road in the immediate vicinity.
“We apologise to local residents and road users for the disruption caused.
“The incident was reported to us at 2.30pm and we are grateful to the member of the public who contacted us as it enabled us to restore supplies and get on with the repair work as soon as possible.”
A spokesman for Morrisons Utilities, who was on site preparing to repair the damage, said:
“What has happened is the pressure from the water has forced the road upward.
“The water has then washed away all the earth under the road, which has caused the road and part of the path to collapse.”