WATERFORD — Four houses overlooking a canal pond just north of the village of Waterford remain evacuated after a landslide Sunday afternoon that has left one home at risk of going over the bank.
The bank just off Middletown Road has continued to crumble in the direction of the evacuated properties, and the situation is not yet stable, according to town officials. One home that has a back porch sitting right at the edge of the cliff and a large garage appear to be the structures most at risk of damage, based on photographs.
The Waterford Fire Department initially evacuated seven homes and a dozen residents after the earth started to slide down the 150-foot slope at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, but the residents were later that evening allowed to return to three of the homes. There were no injuries reported during the incident.
The American Red Cross said it assisted one family consisting of two adults and two children as a result of the landslide, but most of those evacuated have found their own alternative housing.
“The Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to two adults and two children, ages 9 and 12,” the Albany Red Cross chapter said. “In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help any additional area residents affected by the landslide, and will continue to provide emotional support as they navigate the road to recovery.”
Town officials have not yet said what their long-term plan is to address the situation.