Close call for family as landslide takes out hill near house
THEY breed 'em tough in country.
A young Mary's Creek family was counting its lucky stars this week after a massive landslide took out the entire side of the hill which their house backs on to.
It was business as usual this week for the young farming family of Tina and Stephen Long despite an early morning mudslide that could have easily ended in tragedy.
The land slip happened in the early hours of Sunday morning after Mary's Creek received hundreds of mm of rain.
Mother of four Tina Long said she'd been keeping an eye on the hillside since Saturday morning as it was showing signs of slipping.
"We had been keeping an eye on it as there was a smaller one there when we got out bed and we knew in 1992 we had had one, but it wasn't this big," Mrs Long said.
"We kept an eye on it and I actually got a bit on film when a section was slipping away, as you could see it happening.
She said she checked a bit later and saw the middle section slowly moving, but it wasn't moving very fast. She said her family was watching from the back steps, then looked up the top of the hill to see it starting to fall.
"I told the others and as we all looked it appeared like it jumped out; there was a rather loud noise and we all ran inside.
"We then looked out the window and saw it slipping down the hill, taking out a few trees and knocking out our back fence and landing in our yard.
"Clinton and Brendan, our younger boys, were unsettled for a bit and again that night but thankfully they got a good night sleep."
One thing Mrs Long is grateful for is that she won't be doing any mowing for a while until the grass grows up through the thick layer of mud that is now her backyard.