Mansion Collapses Into Lake : House Teetering on Cliff Finally Crashes Into Lake After Rainstorm – Video

Updated: May 13, 2015
Mansion Collapses Into Lake : Rain-soaked cliff where burned luxury home once stood falls into Lake Whitney

Crumbling cliff where luxury mansion was burned down last summer finally collapses into Texas lake during violent rainstorm.

The collapse happened between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday afternoon, during a rain storm, said Tom Hemrick, Hill County emergency management coordinator.

“It was in the middle of a major storm and nobody was on the lake,” Hemrick said Monday, while touring the county to survey storm damage. “I think it’s the best-case scenario.”

If the cliff had fallen during good weather, it could have posed a danger to boaters and others below, he said.

A crack in the top of the cliff had been steadily growing in recent months, leadi ng observers to believe the collapse was imminent.

“We figured it was going to (happen) just as soon as we got enough water to make it fall,” Hemrick said Monday.

Judging by reports from various parts of the county, Hemrick said he estimated that the lake area got about 6 inches of rain on Sunday.

A 4,000-square-foot house had perched atop the cliff until last July, when the owners opted to set it on fire and haul off the debris rather than risk having it fall into the lake.

Another luxury home is now that much closer to a lake overview after the huge chunk of earth fell off during Sunday’s storm.

Other than the cliff collapse, damage in the county seemed to be limited to fallen tree limbs, he said.