Mum's Blind Fell Off Then Half Her Clifftop House Collapsed Into The Sea
A mum-of-five was made homeless when part of her dream coastal home crumbled into the sea below moments after a blind fell down.
Emma Tullett, 42, noticed that the bricks in her front garden had split when she returned from work on Friday afternoon (29 May).
Then just a few hours later, part of the £195,000 ($241,000) bungalow in Eastchurch, on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, started to disappear.
Now, Emma's car is sitting at the bottom of the cliff along with part of an annex where two of her teenage children, aged 15 and 17, were living.
Speaking to Metro, Emma said: "I was sitting there watching TV with a glass of wine and then the blinds fell off the wall. Everything happened really quickly.
"I heard this crackling and crunching and then you could tell the cliffs were gone. I think the cracks must've been getting bigger over a few days.
"We grabbed the kids and the teenagers from the annex and just said get whatever you can. Today, half of our house fell off the cliff. All that's left is the living room, a bedroom, kitchen and the hallway.
"It's absolutely heartbreaking - we've lost everything. This was my dream home which I paid for in cash. We were told we'd have about 40 years living here, but we've not even had two.
"We can get a new house, a new car - but it's things like baby photos of my children that will all be at the bottom of the cliff now. It's the sentimental things that I can't get back that make this even worse."
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Along with her partner and children, Emma has been put into temporary accommodation in Sittingbourne, Kent. All any of them have is the clothes on their backs, their phones and chargers.
Now 20 other houses have been evacuated over fears that there will be further cliff falls.
According to the BBC, other residents said they heard the ground 'groaning' before a 'great big lump' of road fell away.
One of the locals, Malcolm Newell, explained he first warned authorities in 2015 that action was needed to prevent further erosion.
He said: "This should have been dealt with a long time ago. It's not right to have people's home, their livelihoods, falling into the sea."
Inspector Mac McCullagh of Kent Police said: "Officers have been attending the scene to ensure public safety and assist partner agencies following the further collapse of the cliff.
"For their own safety we ask the public to stay away from the area at this time."
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