A vacant luxury house on a cliff located at Lake Whitney in Texas has started to collapse into the water.
The edge of the 4,000 square foot house on Overlook Court was dangling about 75 feet above Lake Whitney shoreline after part of it had broken off. Soil and other debris could be seen falling from the foundation of the home.
Chief Deputy Mark Wilson confirmed that another chunk of the house broke off and fell just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. It was unclear at that time how much of the structure was lost because of darkness.
“Best guess looking at this map, [the home] is probably 60 to 80 yards from the lake,” said Mark Wilson, Chief Deputy with the Hill County Sheriff’s Office. “Yes, there’s a lot of erosion.”
Randy Cephus with the Fort Worth District of the Army Corp of Engineers said, “We’re looking at a number of things, including erosion, load that’s on the top from watering and rain, the actual fault, and some fill material with a retaining wall that was placed in there. There are many things that are being looked at and evaluated”
The Sheriff said a crack in the cliff nearby was noted about a year ago and the house was condemned. The sheriff’s office said the owners of the property were advised to evacuate two weeks ago, and they moved out.
A small sign reading EXTREME DANGER, STAY OFF PREMISES was placed in the front yard.
Tax records show the residence, in the White Bluff Resort subdivision, was built in 2007 and is valued at more than $700,000. It is owned by a couple with an Aubrey address.
The owners will be responsible for the cleanup.
Lake Whitney is about 55 miles south of Fort Worth.
This mansion is dangling off a cliff
The ground just gave way, and this luxurious, 4,000 square-foot mansion is threatening to fall! This is in Lake Whitney, Texas. A large portion of the ground beneath the house fell into the lake on Tuesday.
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