- Five families evacuated from homes in middle of the night after a landslide destroyed wall early yesterday
- Distressed residents scrambled from their terraced homes after tonnes of rubble came tumbling down in rain
- Emergency services rescued families from four separate properties as their bathrooms and kitchens flooded
- Fallen wall separates two rows of terrace houses built on different levels of a hillside estate in NottinghamFive families were evacuated from their homes in the middle of the night after a landslide destroyed a 70ft wall built against a higher level of houses, sending bricks and rubble crashing into their back gardens.
Distressed residents scrambled from their homes in the Sneinton area of Nottingham at about 1am yesterday morning after tonnes of rubble came tumbling down onto the terraced properties in the pouring rain.
Emergency services rescued the families from four separate properties as their bathrooms and kitchens flooded during a torrential downpour, which is believed to have contributed to the landslide.Nottingham has had an inch (25mm) of rain over the past few days, falling over already saturated ground which has seen the River Trent burst its banks in sections over the past week.
The fallen wall separates two rows of terrace houses built on different levels of a hillside estate, with the brickwork built from the bottom of the garden of the lower homes to the front of those above.
Structural engineers were today examining possible causes of the collapse - which could include the heavy rain in recent weeks, errors in the construction of the wall or shifting foundations - after photographs showed the crumbled wall lying inches from the homes, with piles of rubble blocking a stairway between the two roads.
A City Council spokesperson said: 'We are doing all we can to provide help and support for residents affected by the collapse of a large wall in the early hours of Wednesday morning. This was an awful incident where everyone is relieved there have been no injuries, but which has left households already coping with lockdown with significant issues to deal with.
'Boundary and retaining walls are generally the responsibility of property owners and we believe this to be the case here, but in situations like this, councils have the powers to carry out work which ensures people's safety, with the ability to recover costs.
'We are now focused on assessing the condition of the affected gardens and properties and making the area safe before turning our attention to the clear-up work.'