Heavy flooding causes huge landslide at Eden Project as major incident declared

A major incident has been declared after a huge landslide near the Eden Project in Cornwall forced the site to evacuate and immediately close.

The Eden Project closed the entire site on Sunday, December 20 after severe flooding caused a landslide at the tourist attraction.

Pictures shared with CornwallLive show a gaping hole in the embankment close to the project’s iconic indoor domes.

David Rowe, of the Eden Project, told ITV the site is built on a former quarry so there have been several landslips on the edge of the site due to heavy rainfall.

It put a spanner in Brits Christmas plans, who had travelled to the site to take their children to see Santa the weekend before Christmas.

In a statement, Mr Rowe said: "High volumes of rainwater has caused several landslips on the site.

"The Eden Project is a former quarry so there have been several landslips on the edge of the site and we took the decision to close due as a safety decision.

"There is no indication that the hothouses (the biomes) have been damaged and there has been no injury to any person.

"We will advise when we will reopen."

Visitors took to Twitter to share their frustration after the Eden Project did not immediately tweet out about the closure.

One said: "Hi any chance you could inform us of why everything has been cancelled today?

"Two very disappointed children, who were looking forward to seeing Father Christmas this afternoon."

A second said: "Are you going to tweet about the fact that your closed today?? As we just made the 45min trip and got turned away a quick tweet or email heads up would have been handy!"

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The Eden Project said it would be contacting anyone with bookings for Sunday December 20 and would be offering a refund or the opportunity to reschedule.

According to the BBC, some people in the area had to evacuate their homes due to heavy rain, while 18 people had to abandon their caravans at Notter Bridge, near Saltash.

Saltash Community Fire Station said 35mm of rain fell in just 24 hours, with several flood defences breached.

It said: "Fortunately there were no injuries reported, but there is still a lot of floodwater around this morning so please take extra care especially if you are on the roads."

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