Contents of clifftop homes in Hemsby come crashing onto the beach below as ground gives way

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. – Matthew 7:24-27

Article By: The Sun

The entire bathroom floor, w/the toilet still attached, has dropped out of 1 chalet as the sand beneath is worn away: Contents from a clifftop home lie on the beach below it after the ground gave way
A picture frame, wooden chair & coffee mug could be seen strewn across the sand after high tide on Tuesday morning.  A chair and a picture frame were among other personal belongings to have fallen from the property

The property’s back door hangs precariously over the cliff edge & the gaping hole where the bathroom floor was means the kitchen & lounge are visible from the beach. Items are still inside the home including an oven, bookshelves & white goods in the kitchen. The floorboards of 2 other properties can be seen from the beach. A toilet stands on the beach after the property's entire bathroom floor collapsed

Residents of 13 chalets in Hemsby, Norfolk, were evacuated over the weekend w/the area braced for high tides & strong winds today.

Stephen Chadwick, said the collapse sounded “like an earthquake”. He added:

“I bought it for sea views, beautiful sea views & now the sea’s taking it away. I woke up this morning, had a cup of coffee at half past 7, the back door, & I felt … it was like an earthquake & the cliff just went.”

Jan Davies, head of resilience for Norfolk County Council, said on Monday:

“Further high tides & strong winds are forecast for at least the next 48 hours. As the sand dries out & becomes more powdery, over the next week the dunes will start to settle & adjust, meaning the risk of properties sliding down the cliffs remains very high.”

Police remain on scene & the local authority is discussing emergency housing options w/residents who are unable to re-enter their homes.

Graham Plant, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said:

“This has been a frightening weekend for the residents of Hemsby, who have pulled together once again to help their friends & neighbours to evacuate their properties. We have tried & tested plans in place for emergencies such as these, which means people can be evacuated quickly & we can make sure that there is food & shelter for those who need it. Huge thanks must also go to local people & local businesses who have offered food, accommodation, removal services & safe havens for those who have had to leave their homes.”

He urged everyone other than emergency services & council officers monitoring the site to stay away, adding:

“The area is extremely dangerous & the conditions are changing every hour as we continue to have strong winds & high tides.”

In December 2013, devastated residents watched their cliff-top homes disappear into the sea during a tidal surge.

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