Saturday, 16 November 2019

Sixty people forced to evacuate their homes following mudslide in Nottinghamshire, England.

Sixty people from nineteen homes have been forced to evacuate their homes following a mudslide at a housing development in a former quarry in the town of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, England. The landslip happened on Thursday 7 November 2019 in the Berry Hill Quarry in the south of the town following several days of heavy rainfall in the area. 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. 

Mudslide at a former quarry in Mansfield, England, that led to nineteen homes in the area being evacuated. .

The evacuated residents have been advised that they can claim one-off payments of up to £120 from a Flood Hardship Fund operated by Nottinghamshire County Council, but many are unhappy with this, claiming that Mansfield District Council had failed to respond to concerns raised about the stability of the cliff face from 2017 onwards. Photographs of the area do appear to show a cliff-face comprised largely of unconsolidated sediments close to the rear of the houses, something which was apparently not picked up by a planning process that began with an application for planning permission in 1999 and ended with houses being built in 2011.

Part of the collapsed cliff face visible between two houses at the Berry Hill Quarry in Mansfield, England. BBC.

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