Landslide causes collapse of 21 m (70 feet) wall, forcing evacuations in Nottingham, England

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Five families were forced to evacuate their homes in Nottingham, England, after heavy rain caused a landslide that triggered the collapse of a 21 m (70 feet) wall in the early hours of Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

The residents were awakened by a loud bang as bricks collapsed into their gardens early Wednesday morning. Emergency services rescued the families from four separate properties in Sneinton, as their homes were flooded during the deluge.

Images and footage on social media show piles of rubble and damaged homes.

"Emergency services were called from distressed residents following a report of a landslide in Spalding Road and Windmill Lane at around 01:00 this morning," said inspector Charlotte Allardice of Nottinghamshire Police.

"They needed assistance with somewhere to stay overnight. They returned to their homes at around 06:00 having spent time with their neighbors. Roads close to the incident had to be closed until the area was deemed to be safe."

Crews were working closely with the local council, and the police were using their established contingency, as well as emergency plans, to respond to the situation, Allardice added. No injuries were reported.

Featured image credit: ITV Central

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