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Mansion Collapses Into Lake? No, but Cliff Where It Sat Did

By    |   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 12:09 PM

A limestone cliff that was the site of a mansion collapsed into Lake Whitney in the Dallas area during severe storms on Sunday.

Officials had expected the cliff to collapse after a giant fissure formed. The luxury home was abandoned and burned down last summer, KXAS-TV reported.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had been working with property owners on possible solutions to the dangerous situation, including detonating the cliff. But those measures proved unnecessary Sunday, when the cliff collapsed under heavy rains.

Robert and Denise Webb bought the home in 2012 and intended to leave it to their grandchildren, the Daily Mail reported.

“You know, that's my life there that we're watching fall off,” Robert Webb said last year, according to the U.K. newspaper.

No one was injured in Sunday’s collapse, which Hill County emergency management coordinator Tom Hemrick called a “best-case scenario,” The Houston Chronicle reported.

"It was in the middle of a major storm and nobody was on the lake," Hemrick told the Chronicle.

He estimated that the area got about six inches of rain on Sunday.

The cliff is near a gated community, and the collapse eliminates concerns that have been mounting among homeowners on the cliff and boaters in the lake below. In March, the 150-foot-long crack widened to six feet across in some areas, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

After Sunday’s break, the cliff looks “like you sliced it with a knife,” Hemrick said.

The incident leaves another luxury home within feet of the new Cliffside, but Hemrick said he doesn’t think that home is in danger.

“There’s really nothing more to monitor,” he told the Tribune-Herald.

The portion of the cliff that fell 75 feet into the lake below will remain and become fish habitat.



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