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VIDEO: Landslide 'decimates' Penrith farm during Cumbria floods

The landslip took place on Saturday night (December 5) at Raisgill Hall Farm near Penrith.

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A family have said they are lucky to be alive after a major landslide sent 13,000 tonnes of soil through their farm, flattening everything in its path.

 


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Video: Steve Dunning talks to us about the frightful events that took place and the devastating effects.


 

Steve Dunning who farms at Raisgill Hall in Tebay, Penrith, said buildings, machinery and vehicles were ‘decimated’ when mud ‘came down off the hill like a torrent’.

 

“It just stopped at the front door,” said Mr Dunning.

 

“We are still absolutely shell shocked.

 

“All of a sudden the field moved and two acres of ground just shot off and landed right at the back of the house. It flattened the buildings, vehicles, cars and my sheep handling system.”

 

 

Luckily, the family had evacuated all their stock after Storm Desmond battered the area with more than 12 inches of rain in 24 hours.

 

But Mr Dunning’s son and daughter-in-law had just finished laying sandbags around the sheds when the landslide ripped through the farm.

 

“If the landslide had come 30 minutes earlier it could have been a different story,” added Mr Dunning.

 

“The rain had started to ease and we thought we were over the worst. My son and daughter-in-law were putting sand bags out and had come inside when it started.

 

"We all feel very lucky to be alive and we’re just thankful no one was hurt.”

 

Stephen Dunning

Steve Dunning farms at Raisgill Hall in Tebay with his wife Barbara, along with their son Mike and daughter-in-law Charlotte.

Landslide on Cumbrian farm following Storm Desmond

The landslide sent 13,000 tonnes of soil through the farm, flattening buildings, vehicles, cars and sheep handling system.

Farm buildings destroyed as 13,000 tonnes of soil rip through Cumbrian farm

Luckily, the family had evacuated all their stock after #StormDesmond battered the area.

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