WATERFORD — Seven homes have been evacuated following a landslide on Middletown Road on Sunday.
“We evacuated seven buildings and had one resident at their home who needed help getting out,” said Waterford Fire Department Chief Donald Baldwin. “They couldn’t get out because of the debris that fell down.”
There were no deaths or injuries.
The homes are located below and along a steep precipice overlooking the Waterford Canal Harbor.
Baldwin estimated 150 feet of land was eroded, including a portion of a paved driveway leading to a home in danger of sliding down the hillside.
“That house is in danger currently right now,” Baldwin said.
Local resident John O’Berry pointed at the structure and said it dropped at least 20 feet following the landslide, which was reported to authorities at 3:33 p.m.
Baldwin estimated 150 feet of land was eroded, including a portion of a paved driveway leading to the sinking home.
Much of the debris landed on O’Berry’s driveway.
“There was a chunk of hill and it just completely fell down,” he said.
O’Berry’s mother, Jennifer Fiori, said her father had to be evacuated because he’s recovering from a broken hip.
Debris continued to slide down the ravine Sunday evening.
“It’s still falling as we speak,” Baldwin said.
Views from the back of the structure accessible through Waterford Canal Harbor revealed hundreds of broken trees and debris that fell, falling hundreds of feet into a small aquifer.
Middletown Road remains closed to traffic.
Engineers and experts are continuing to assess the situation to determine further actions, Baldwin said.
“We have a shelter set up at Waterford Rescue Squad for those who have been displaced,” Baldwin said. “We’re just waiting to hear back from our expert to see what further direction we can go at this point.”