By Ross Findon
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Landslips have led to properties in Undercliff Drive being evacuated. Picture courtesy of the Isle of Wight Council.
THE operation to move Undercliff Drive residents' possessions from their landslip-threatened homes is due to continue today (Wednesday).
The army, coastguards and Island Roads have been involved in the Isle of Wight Council-led operation to help residents evacuate their homes following serious safety concerns after ground movement.
Yesterday (Tuesday) Isle of Wight photographer Shane Thornton captured the scene, from above the affected area, as shown in the pictures below.
Despite rumours of a visit by prime minister David Cameron — following comments he made about visiting flood hit areas — the Isle of Wight Council and MP Andrew Turner's office said they had not been informed of such a visit.
Undercliff Drive. All pictures courtesy of Shane Thornton Photography shanethornton.co.uk/.
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by Keven Ball
21st February 2014, at 19:28:19
Was it a move from Bournemouth? I hope the homes can be saved or is it too late?
by David Blackford
21st February 2014, at 12:14:10
It probably should never have been built on in the first place Laura. When I moved to the Island 20 odd years ago I thought about living in that area, but my Insurance Company would not cover me for slippage
by Laura Smith
21st February 2014, at 10:12:09
It's not the first time work has gone wrong on Undercliff is it..... A lesson should have been learnt from the last time, get a specialist company in who have actually dealt with something like this before.
20th February 2014, at 16:25:51
The report says that earth movement broke the massive concrete beam. Without that being there I imagine the landslip would have been even greater
20th February 2014, at 15:31:17
I am merely saying the road works could have contributed towards what has happened. You dig a big hole where earth is moving it will move to fill it. If it was going well a contractor would not have been pulled from completing the work. To decide to complete such work at this time of year is questionable.
by Mat Jenks
20th February 2014, at 14:34:35
Douglas- that massive reinforced concrete ground beam HAS FAILED! The contractor started to anchor the beam at the at the west end closest to the damaged bungalow but failed to locate rock to anchor to. They then started at the East end last Thursday, meanwhile the unstable ground above due to excessive rain fall broke the beam at the west end, the works were then abandoned. The cracks in the road started to emanate from this location on Monday 10th Feb and continued creeping west towards the bungalow. The ground had started to move and stress the ground beam about a week prior to the 14th. Possible cause is a combination of the weather and the works resulting release of the ground.
by Den Young
20th February 2014, at 13:30:36
Keven, think of it how you wish.
20th February 2014, at 10:04:30
I believe I did say that the underpinning was throwing good money after bad - once mother nature decides to slip, no concrete piles will hold back a few million tons of clay and sand
by Douglas Bailey
20th February 2014, at 09:40:30
Laura, are you suggesting that the stabilisation project is to blame?Have you been down there and seen the massive concrete reinforced barrier that was being built to hold back the road slipping. The landslip has nothing to do with the work being carried out, it is to do with the awful weather and the vents all along the undercliff, that's why Ventnor is called Ventnor, the land has always moved along there for hundreds of years!!!!!
20th February 2014, at 09:25:34
I hope nothing happens to you or your family like this has happened to others Stephen.Those houses weren't build yesterday, some have been living in those houses for many many years with no issue. Building a huge trench where the road used to be and not underpinning it was wishful thinking and that wasn't done by the home owners!!
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