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UPDATE: Flats evacuated as extreme weather causes wall to collapse on Hele Road Exeter

By Rich_Booth  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

Hele Road Wall collapse

Hele Road Wall collapse

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Update:

Hele Road is now open to traffic. However the pedestrian footpath is still closed.

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A block of flats was evacuated last night after a large section of a wall on Hele Road in Exeter was knocked down by extreme weather.

Due to concerns that further sections of the wall may collapse officers evacuated approximately 40 elderly and vulnerable residents from 36 flats in the area.

The ten metres of wall collapsed over the footpath and onto the road forcing it to close.

Hele Road is still closed to traffic this morning.

Four fire engines, police and a rescue team with dog were sent were called to the scene to help clear up the rubble and make sure no one was trapped underneath.

Hele Road, St David's Hill, Iron Bridge and the Richmond Road were all closed to traffic last night.

Traffic is being diverted around the wall collapse site due to the risk of another large piece falling into the road.

Buses are being diverted due to the landslip, read more here.

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