Several homes were evacuated following a landslide on Eason's Hill in the Shandon District on the north-side of the City of Cork in Ireland on Thursday 20 February 2020. The landslip caused gardens behind the properties to vanish, and while the residents of the properties have now been allowed to return to them, they are now extremely concerned about the future safety of living in the area. The incident happened amid heavy rainfall associated with Storm Denis. Landslides are a common problem after severe weather events, as excess pore water pressure can overcome cohesion in soil and sediments, allowing them to flow like liquids. Approximately 90% of all landslides are caused by heavy rainfall.
Properties undermined by a landslide on Eason's Hill in the Shandon District of Cork, Ireland, on Thursday 20 February 2020. Irish Examiner.
Residents of the area have asked the local council for help protecting their properties, however this request has been rejected so far on the basis that the landslip was triggered by the failure of a retaining wall (a structure designed to restrain soil to a slope that it would not naturally keep to), which was itself located on private land, making the issue one that should be settled between the landowners involved.
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