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The town of Trout River has declared a state of emergency following a mudslide on Saturday. ((CBC))

A Trout River man says he ran for his life when a mudslide tore through his property on Saturday.

"A guy came around the corner and told me that the hill was coming down and when I looked up and saw it, I dropped the shovel and ran and saw the mud coming behind me and then the house was coming behind me," said 49-year-old Malcolm Butler.

It was the second landslide this month for the town on Newfoundland's west coast. The first happened June 6.

Butler was digging a ditch behind his home on Herb Street to try to protect it from further mudslides when the hillside behind him collapsed.  

"Mud hit the shed. The shed went through the air, it flew on top of the house and then the mud hit the house and the house and everything all came out into the middle of the road. Thankfully, I was ahead of the house. I never got hurt anyway, thank God," said Butler.

Six homes have been evacuated.

"The town has declared a state of emergency in the Herb Street area and we do have 24-hour security in place," said Trout River Mayor Millie Crocker.

Families were able to collect some belongings from their homes before the area was fenced off. Now they're waiting for engineers to determine if their houses can be saved. Some fear their homes won't ever be safe again.

"I really don't know what to think cause I'm sort of shocked. I sort of got a feeling now that I'm not coming back there either," said Eileen White, who lives nearby and was also forced from her home.

Butler said that after his close call, he expects to be moving his family.

"[Officials are] going to condemn the area and tear all the houses down. They've got no choice cause all the earth is alive there, right?" he said.

Officials with the provincial Department of Municipal Affairs were scheduled to assess the damage Monday.