EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSEmergency Officials To Encourage Families Near Expected Mudslide To Evacuate
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 10, 2013 1:20 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 8:40 PM EST
Madison Creek , Logan County , West Virginia
Emergency officials said they plan on driving an amphibious vehicle into an area in Logan County where there is an impending mudslide and try to persuade trapped residents in the area to evacuate.
About 60 to 80 families live in Madison Creek, which is located between Man and Logan. Guyandotte Road, the only emergency access point in the area for the families, is shut down because officials said the mudslide is expected to happen soon.
Officials said it could take days to clear up the mudslide if it happens.
Guyandotte Road runs off Route 10, and the area where the mudslide is expected to happen is near a section of Route 10 that is being expanded to four lanes.
Anybody who needs to evacuate should call Logan County Emergency Services at (304) 752-7662.
Logan County officials were keeping their eye on a possible mudslide in Madison Creek on Tuesday that has shut down a road and blocked access for 60 to 80 families.
Ray Bryant, a paramedic and supervisor with the Logan County Office of Emergency Services, said the potential mudslide is a 250-foot area where work has been under way on a section of Route 10 that it is being expanded to four lanes.
Guyandotte River Road that runs off Route 10 between Man and Logan is currently blocked because of the impending slide.
“According to the (construction) supervisor, it’s going to happen,” Bryant said. “He just doesn’t know when.”
Bryant said a previous mudslide occurred in the area on Friday and blocked the road for 12 to 14 hours.
Emergency officials said they have boats and crews on standby in the case of an emergency because they would have to make emergency transports on the Guyandotte River.
“Their only way in and out is blocked,” Bryant said of residents.
Vecellio and Grogan of Beckley is in charge of the road construction project. Bryant said he believes the combination of roadwork and rain has made the hillside unstable.
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