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Dennis Guimond's life on the edge (3 Goulais photos)

By David Helwig
SooToday.com
Tuesday, October 14, 2003

That's Dennis Guimond's house you're looking at.

We're hoping it will stay exactly where it is.

But there's no guarantee.

In fact, emergency officials are telling SooToday.com that there's a better-than-even chance that Guimond's house is going to follow his neighbour Fred Norlin's, which was swept away in a landslide last night.

The Norlin family was in their house on Nardi Road in Goulais River when it was swept down 50 vertical feet and 75 horizontal feet toward the river.

We've not been advised of any injuries.

Family scrambled to get away from grand piano

The Norlin house stopped several hundred feet short of the river, however.

As the place sank, the family scrambled to get out of the way of a grand piano.

After the landslide stopped, the family climbed to the top of a woodpile that also went toppled with their house.

There, they awaited rescue workers who removed them with ladders and ropes.

Dennis Guimond has been ordered to vacate his teetering house until the site's stability has been confirmed.

They walked out under their own power

"I just heard a loud crash," Guimond says.

"I thought a tree was coming through my back window. I saw my deck go, drop straight down from the window and I knew something was wrong."

"They [the Norlins] were fine. They were shaken up. They walked out on their own power."

"The whole bank is gone directly behind my house. The back basement wall and most of the basement floor is now gone. So the house is just kind of teetering, Guimond told SooToday.com.

To see our photos of the toppled Norlin house, please click here.

To view more photos of Guimond's house, please click on the photo gallery link below.

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