Monday, 4 Dec 2023

Aerial photos show huge landslip in UK seaside town as homes are evacuated

Shocking footage shows the devastating landslide which forced residents to evacuate their homes after it tore through properties in east Sussex.

Residents are now terrified of returning to their homes after the landslip ripped buildings apart on Wednesday (November 15) in St Leonards-on-Sea.

Aerial images show the shocking extent of the damage caused by the landslip as one Victorian historic building the area is said to be “absolutely destroyed” after it was “engulfed with loose mud and concrete”.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sussex, local resident Jaco added that he was “really quite scared” for residents who live there.

Another resident said the building, which was previously used as a billiards room, was “torn open like a piece of paper”.

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He added “huge lumps” of rubble “thundered down” onto the land below “like a wrecking ball”.

On Wednesday evening, East Sussex Fire & Rescue rushed to the scene after being called to reports of a landslip affecting West Hill road at the top of the cliff, and Marina at the bottom.

A spokesperson said: “We were called at 8.39pm to reports of a landslip between Marina at the bottom of a cliff and West Hill Road at the top of a cliff in St Leonards.”

This comes after 13 properties were evacuated earlier this month following two landslides between the same two streets.

A spokesperson for Hastings Borough Council said officers have been at the scene with structural engineers and emergency services to assess the safety.

He said: “We are now waiting for a full report from the structural engineers and risk assessments have been carried out to ensure the safety of residents.”

Three people have been offered alternative temporary accomodation, according to local authorities.

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