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Sunday 21 September 2014

Luxury €600,000 home teeters over cliff after foundations erode

Published 11/06/2014 | 18:07

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In this image taken from Tuesday, June 10, 2014 video provided by WFAA-TV, a luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas. WFAA-TV reported Wednesday, June 11, 2014 that the house has been condemned and the owners evacuated about two weeks ago. (AP Photo/WFAA.com)
The luxury house hangs on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas. (AP Photo/WFAA.com)
In this image taken from Tuesday, June 10, 2014 video provided by WFAA-TV, a luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas. WFAA-TV reported Wednesday, June 11, 2014 that the house has been condemned and the owners evacuated about two weeks ago. (AP Photo/WFAA.com)
A luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas. The house has been condemned and the owners evacuated about two weeks ago. (AP Photo/WFAA.com)

A luxury $800,000 (€590,890) Texas home perched on a lakeside bluff was poised to plunge into the water below today.

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The ground under the house's foundation eroded and it is now precariously balanced on a decaying cliff.

The house on Lake Whitney, about 120 kilometres southwest of Dallas, is perched about 23 meters in the air and being circled by a local TV news helicopter waiting to record its plunge into the water below.

A massive piece of land under the house fell into the lake on Tuesday night, neighbors told local media.

Video footage shows about half of the house on the ground and half in the air, with a dangling air conditioning unit tethered to the structure.

The land started to give way in February, and since then about 50 yards (meters) of territory that separated it from the water's edge has eroded, said Mark Wilson, the chief deputy for the Hill County Sheriff's Department.

The owners, who use it as a second home, have abandoned the property while people are being kept away from it on land and in the lake below.

"When they built the house, it looked like a safe area, away from the bluff. There is just a lot of the bluff that gave way," Wilson said.

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