Slip slidin’ away: Massive landslide in NY injures three, leaves residents homeless, house dangling

SCHENECTADY, NY, Sunday, January 28, 2018 — At about 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the steep hillside on Barney Street in Schenectady, New York, gave way, sending mud, trees and other debris slamming into a house below on Nott Terrace.

A fence and an iron retaining wall gave way, sending the muddy landslide into the house below and leaving the house at the top of the hill on Barney Street dangling over the edge of the hillside where the collapse occurred. At least four buildings, in danger of collapse due to the muddy landslide, have been tagged as unsafe by city officials.

Three individuals had to be rescued. A man trapped inside his house had to be dug out of the muck using heavy equipment and airbags to extricate him. He was flown to Albany Medical Center Hospital with serious injuries. The remaining two individuals were treated for minor injuries and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Eleven tenants had to be evacuated due to the instability of the hilltop after the massive landslide that collapsed the rear of the building on Nott Terrace.

Schenectady police have declared a state of emergency in the immediate side area.  Representative from the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services were also on the scene.


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