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Fire crews create artificial landslide at Dawlish

Fire crews have been called in to create an artificial landslide near Dawlish. The coast there is unstable after the storms, and dangerous for rail workers. Network Rail says the main between Dawlish and Teignmouth line will re-open on 4 April.

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Fire crews called in to create landslide at Dawlish

Fire crews are helping pump seawater onto the cliff at Dawlish to bring down 350,000 thousand tonnes of potentially unstable rock and earth. Network Rail says the operation should prevent a potentially "catastrophic" collapse that poses a risk to workers.

The recent storms caused more than thirty landslips along the coast.

Network Rail is under pressure to finish the Dawlish repairs by the target date of 4 April 2014. The video above shows the fire crews' work in progress.

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