RESIDENTS living near a landslide said they had seen the wall crumbling in the weeks before it collapsed closing a main road into the city.

A massive pile of rubble and mud blocked Reservoir Lane and forced police to close a section of Rainbow Hill for safety reasons.

Search and rescue dogs were used to check that nobody was buried in the large mound of bricks.

Fortunately, nobody was injured in the landslide and wall collapsing. 

The landslide took place early this morning, (Friday, February 9).

The wall, 10m high by 8m long, collapsed into the road taking down a street light and cables. 

A section of Reservoir Lane was closed to traffic and cordoned off and Rainbow Hill was closed between the junctions of Lansdowne Crescent and Elgar Court.

At around 10.30am firefighters and police search dogs carried out a search of the rubble to ensure no one was underneath.

After being satisfied there wasn't anyone trapped attention turned to clearing the rubble.

Residents in the area suffered power cuts but power was later restored. 

A Reservoir Lane resident said: "My husband said he thought he heard something at 6.30am, and thought it someone putting bins out. 

"We had our power go out at around 10am. 

Worcester News: SEARCH: Police dog searching the rubble SEARCH: Police dog searching the rubble (Image: Sam Greenway/Newsquest)

"It it second time this has happened [The first in 1998] - the front collapsed before. It's nature with all this rain. 

"It has been crumbling - there have been little stones on the floor.

"I usually leave the house at 6.30am to go to work, but I wasn't at work today. I walk past it, I have thought I was lucky."

Another resident said: "I walk past it every day, it looked flaky.

"I know they come out and check every so often. I don't think I'll be walking past that again."

Worcester News: CLOSED: Rainbow Hill closed at the junction with Lansdowne RoadCLOSED: Rainbow Hill closed at the junction with Lansdowne Road (Image: Sam Greenway/Newsquest)

A Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said on Friday morning: "A crew from Worcester Fire Station was called at 7.52am to a collapsed structure in Reservoir Lane, Worcester.

"A wall, 10m high by 8m long, fully collapsed, causing the closure of Reservoir Lane.

"A second crew from Worcester and the incident command unit and drone from Wyre Forest also attended.

Worcester News: EMERGENCY: Emergency services at the scene of the collapsed wallEMERGENCY: Emergency services at the scene of the collapsed wall (Image: Sam Greenway/Newsquest)

"The wall is confirmed as a retaining wall around 25ft high by 20ft long. A cordon is in place and Rainbow Hill is now closed."

On its website National Grid says: "We had a power cut incident at 9.28am affecting 37 properties. 

"We successfully restored all supplies in the area by 11.27am. We are sorry for any inconvenience."

A previous wall collapse took place in Rainbow Hill, April 1998, following flooding - and took months to repair.