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Homes still at risk as Dromore landslide continues

BY ANNA MAGUIRE

Published 30/03/2013

Residents of Barban Hill in Dromore were evacuated from their homes after their back gardens subside
Residents of Barban Hill in Dromore were evacuated from their homes after their back gardens subside

A landslide behind a housing development continued yesterday, two days after the evacuation of pensioners and families from their homes.

David Law – of WJ Law, which owns the development in Dromore, Co Down – said 2,000 tonnes of soil which fell away from residents' back gardens has now moved a further six inches.

Around 400 tonnes of earth were removed from the rear of Barban Hill Terrace on Thursday in a bid to secure a retaining wall which supports gardens.

On Wednesday, 17 pensioners were evacuated from Skeagh House care home, which is underneath Barban Hill Terrace.

Most of the residents of the Terrace have moved to hotels or relatives' homes.

There is no suggestion the two-storey properties have moved. However, consultancy firm Geoman Ltd warned of a realistic chance the houses could collapse because of the "rapid progression of the slip".

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