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Evacuation Offered To Those Affected By Madison Creek Mudslide

Reported by: Send eMail Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Kera Mashek
Reported: Dec. 10, 2013 11:16 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 11, 2013 8:41 AM EST

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Madison Creek Mudslide
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Man , Logan County , West Virginia

A dangerous situation is continuing to cause problems for people in one Logan County community. For the past several days, mud has been sliding off a mountainside along Madison Creek Road, covering the road and leaving people on the other side stranded.

Residents in Madison Creek Hollow are used to mudslides. Many believe construction to expand Route 10 in Logan County has caused the earth to move, and rainfall creates quick slides down the hill. The heavy rains and snows the last several days have only made matters worse.

Mud is piled up, completing covering the only road in and out of Madison Creek Hollow, leaving the more than 50 residents on the other side of the mudslide stranded. County emergency management showed up Tuesday night, ready and willing to help anyone wanting help out.

"This is a chronic problem and I think it's going to continue to be a chronic problem. But for us, this is what we do. You know, we're here when the people of Logan County need us," said Roger Bryant, Logan County Emergency Management.

In fact, mudslide problems started this summer, and were only made worse with a rock-slide that closed a section Route 10 closed altogether leaving people in Madison Creek to take an hour-long detour around the mountain. Back then, we talked to Jennifer Smith. Tuesday night, we visited with her again on the phone as she and her family and neighbors once again find themselves stuck and fearing the worst.

"It's the scenarios and predicaments people are in," Smith said.

While some of the people at Madison Creek would like to take advantage of the offer to get out of dodge, they worry about leaving their homes empty and their pets and disabled family members behind.

"One, they don't want to leave because they're afraid if they're gone from their home, they could get robbed because that did happen before. So they're real concerned. And like my neighbor, she works at Wal-Mart and is so frustrated because she wants to come up there and get on that bus, but she can't because her mom is sick, and older. She can't leave and won't leave but also her mom babysits her little boy when she's at work . So if she goes and takes her little boy, who watches him?" said Smith.

The DOH is working with the contractors in the area to do whatever possible to clean up the mess, but finding a long-term solution isn't easy.

"We're working closely with contractors to see what equipment they have that can help us shore up that hillside and clear off the road. But we don't have a definitive answer for that, but certainly will," said Brent Walker with WV DOH.

So for now, people at Madison Creek Hollow have to either exercise their patience, or take up the offer to get out now, not knowing exactly when they'll be allowed to go back home again.

The county emergency manager says evacuation service will be available to anyone who needs it through Wednesday morning. Residents are asked to call Logan County dispatch at (304) 752-7662.



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