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Mondercange landslide stable for winter
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Mondercange landslide stable for winter

09.10.2014 From our online archive
The landslide at a landfill site in Mondercange in March this year was caused by excessive rainfall in the 2013/14 winter, a report has concluded, with the site now thought to be stable.

(CS) The landslide at a landfill site in Mondercange in March this year was caused by excessive rainfall in the 2013/14 winter, a report has concluded, with the site now thought to be stable.

The landslide saw soil shift by around 30 metres, blocking the CR106 road between Esch/Alzette and Mondercange, which has still not reopened.

In the following weeks and months, further shifts were detected, associated with the initial landslide.

A study commissioned by Cloos SA, which manages the site, concluded that the landslide was caused by deposits of water, which accumulated in lower levels of the landfill over the course of a very rainy 2013/14 winter, making it unstable.

The study was carried out by engineering office Asmus & Prabucki from Essen, Germany, which also said at a press conference on Thursday that both the main body of the landfill and the shifted soil are now stable, with no danger posed to a nearby motorway, electrical mast and school.

However, the engineers were unwilling to assign responsibility for the incident, saying that the issue is complex with a number of contributing factors. Cloos SA meanwhile commented that the volume approved following a geological assessment of the site had not been reached when the landslide occurred.

A drainage system is now being installed and the fringes of the landslide are being secured to prepare for the coming winter.

A timeline for the clean-up of the site has not yet been determined, as the results from a second study are still outstanding.

The cost for both studies and the works currently ongoing at the site amounts to around 500,000 euros, with the full clean-up expected to cost several million euros.

Reporting by Sammy Stauch

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