Huge sinkhole opens up in Melbourne

The huge hole opened up in Keilor East during last night’s powerful thunderstorm. (VICSES) Courtesy: Victoria SES

Residents in Melbourne’s north-west woke today to find a gaping hole had opened up in their neighbourhood following a powerful storm overnight.

Volunteers from the State Emergency Service’s Essendon unit were called to section off the four-metre-deep sinkhole, which formed next to a footpath in Keilor East.

It was one of a number of dangerous incidents to occur during the storm, which saw up as much as 77mm of rain dumped on some suburbs in a matter of hours.

The SES received more than 580 calls for help, including damage to buildings, fallen trees blocking roads and flash flooding.

The district of Brimbank, in Melbourne’s northwest, was the worst hit.