Authorities working to prevent house from sliding into Lake of the Ozarks

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CAMDEN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A weekend home on the Lake of the Ozarks is sliding toward the water and no one is sure if there is anything that can be done to stop it.

The house is located on Cub Cove Point just north of Camdenton, Missouri.

On Monday afternoon, the ground on which it sits began shifting and sliding. By Tuesday afternoon, the house had moved 33 inches closer to the water at the rate of about one-half inch per hour.

The homeowners are from St. Louis, but were not at the house when it started to slide.

No one is sure what is causing the ground to give way.

"Unfortunately, the opinion of about everyone involved is the house is lost," said Mid-County Fire Chief Scott Frandsen. "Now we have to determine what we are going to do with it," he said.

The Department of Natural Resources has a geologist studying the situation, and it is being monitored 24/7 by firefighters.

"Obviously, the ground is unstable, so we can`t bring machines in to try to move it, and we can`t secure it to the same ground that is moving, so it`s a very unique situation," Frandsen said.

There is some concern two homes just up the street could be affected by the shifting ground, but so far neither has shown signs of any movement.

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