Road closed after storm causes man hole cover to blow

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LARGE cracks have appeared in a busy road which has risen by four inches because of last night’s storm.

It is believed the enormous build-up of pressure from heavy rain caused a man hole cover in St Ronan’s Road, Southsea, to blow.

CLOSED  St Ronan's Road, Southsea

CLOSED St Ronan's Road, Southsea

The road, at the junction with Albert Road, is closed off – just outside Craneswater Junior School.

In parts the road has broken away from the kerb.

Beck Mason, 43, said: ‘We heard the storm last night and thought the lightning looked beautiful.

‘I’m not surprised it caused this to happen though because it was an extreme amount of rain – I’ve never seen anything like it.

DAMAGED  St Ronan's Road, Southsea

DAMAGED St Ronan's Road, Southsea

‘We had a little bit of a leak through a window but nothing too bad. The children were very excited about the storm. They were charging round, looking through the windows.’

A spokeswoman for Colas, responsible for maintaining Portsmouth’s roads, said: ‘A man hole cover lifted with the water surge last night. We believe it’s damaged some of the road surface.

‘Our inspection team are meeting with Southern Water at 2.30pm to see exactly what’s gone on and who is responsible’