Huge landslide leaves new care home teetering on the edge of a cliff

March 14, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

A brand new care home was left teetering on the edge of a sheer cliff face – after tonnes of earth fell away in a huge LANDSLIDE.

Mudslide has left Cheval Roc care home in Jersey in a seemingly perilous position (SWNS Group)

Mudslide has left Cheval Roc care home in Jersey in a seemingly perilous position (SWNS Group)

Elderly residents at the Cheval Roc Residential Home woke up to the terrifying scene on Thursday last week, just days after they moved in.

The building was left inches from disaster after heavy rain, rough seas and 75mph winds battered the cliff face, causing land and mud to be swept away.

Three rooms closest to the edge will remain unoccupied as residents move in to other parts of the newly-refurbished home, at Bonne Nuit harbour in Saint John, Jersey.

The ten pensioners currently living at Cheval Roc have been given the all-clear to remain there as the damage is assessed.

Engineers said there was no threat to the structure of the building, which was originally around five metres from the edge.

Further work may need to be carried out to reinforce the cliff face.

Aerial view from Bing.com before the landslipe at Cheval Roc Residential Home in Jersey (Bing.com/SWNS Group)

Aerial view from Bing.com before the landslipe at Cheval Roc Residential Home in Jersey (Bing.com/SWNS Group)

Jersey resident Chris Brookes, 43, a retail manager, took photos of the devastating damage using a drone.

He said: “I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was very scary. This is Mother Nature hitting back.

“It is awful. Apparently the home is structurally safe but how safe can it really be? It has only just been renovated.

“Another home in Jersey is being closed down and a lot of the residents are being moved to the new one.

“What are they going to do in the future? Obviously this is just going to get worse.”
SWNS_JERSEY_CLIFF_02Care home manager Maggie Stobbart-Rowlands insisted the current situation is not dangerous and said business is carrying on as usual.

She said: “There was no impact as no parts of the building fell away and there was no structural damage. No residents needed to move out.

“The rooms where it happened were not open but we won’t be opening them until the engineers have assessed what happened.

“I assume it happened overnight when we had the severe storms because we woke up to the damage.”

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