Did you hear about the scary landslide in Westbrook? It backed up the Presumpscot River!  Westbrook has had it all the last few years. Tessie the Snake. The Ice Disc. And now a very serious landslide.

 

 

Landslide? OK, let's back it up.

According to the USGS a landslide is: 

"Almost every landslide has multiple causes. Slope movement occurs when forces acting down-slope (mainly due to gravity) exceed the strength of the earth materials that compose the slope. Causes include factors that increase the effects of down-slope forces and factors that contribute to low or reduced strength. Landslides can be initiated in slopes already on the verge of movement by rainfall, snowmelt, changes in water level, stream erosion, changes in groundwater, earthquakes, volcanic activity, disturbance by human activities, or any combination of these factors."

 

We are ao thankful no one was hurt in the Westbrook Landslide. Check out this video of the 5 Largest Landslides Ever Caught on Video. Woah!