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Byron Shire
May 19, 2022

Landslide pushes house off its foundations

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House in Main Arm, Mullumbimby, that was pushed off its foundations during Cyclone Debbie. Photo Aslan Shand.
House in Main Arm, Mullumbimby, that was pushed off its foundations during Cyclone Debbie. Photo Aslan Shand.

A house has been pushed off its foundations in Main Arm by one of the numerous landslips in the area after 700mls fell in 24 hours as a result if Cyclone Debbie.

The house had had a retaining wall built at the rear two years earlier. The house was pushed around two meters forward buckling parts of the verandah. Parts of the walls and floors have separated and the house will have to be demolished and rebuilt.

No one was injured in the incident.

‘There was 700mls of rain in 24 hours,’ said neighbour Clinton Green.

‘It was like the hill tuned to hot milk and wheat bix.

‘It shifted so gently that although it pushed the house off its stumps there were things on tables that didn’t even fall off.’

Nearby another landslide of around 2 cubic meters blocked five families in. The SES have now cleared the roads however residents are still waiting for gravel to be laid to reduce the dangerous conditions.

‘I haven’t been able to get my car out since the flood,’ said Clinton.

‘My neighbour who can no longer live in his house can’t even get his stuff out to relocate.’


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1 COMMENT

  1. Commiserations Clinton,
    I know just how this knocks the stuffings out of you, as I have suffered the same the fate. I and my faithful hound, then had four days without power ,phone and water. I don’t know about you ,Clinton but I’m still shaking and feel totally powerless.
    The area that has collided with my home has several huge rainforest trees that have moved with the landslide and are menacing, I have no idea how stable they are and the wall of mud and rock is still moving The SES did eventually arrive but just shook their collective heads and told me that there was nothing they could do to help but advised me not to try and fall the trees as they thought that they were all that was holding the mass together.
    Several groups have promised to inspect but don’t know when they will be able, it seems there are more urgent need than our’s, the council still haven’t cleared the landslides on our road either ( luckily the locals have managed to clear a rough, one-lane escape route ) So best of luck to all those out there in the same leaky boat .
    G”)

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