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Forecast Rain Brings Challenges To Those Stuck By Mudslide

Reported by: Send eMail Stephen DiPietrantonio
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Dec. 13, 2013 10:16 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 13, 2013 11:45 PM EST


Logan Mudslide
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Madison Creek , Logan County , West Virginia

Rain in the forecast is going to make for a challenging weekend for people living in Madison Creek, in Logan County. At least 90 people are stuck there, thanks to landslides, in a remote area along Guyandotte River Road.

But two brothers are trying to make a difference for their families and neighbors, by helping out the old-fashioned way, on foot!

All week long, firefighters from Man and Logan have been taking supplies in on ATVs, but Randy and David Hall said they can do it faster by walking all the way around the mountain.

The Hall brothers have lost track of all the miles they’ve already logged this week.

"We beat the people driving," Randy Hall said.

He and brother David have been walking all the way around the mountain, to bring supplies back to their family and friends trapped in Madison Creek.

"It's been emotional, scary to think that you're trapped," neighbor Mamie Lambert said.

"It wasn't so bad when we had the road open,” Randy Hall said. “But now that it's closed, it's kind of difficult, I have a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, and I gotta walk outta here sometimes three to five times a day!"

The trip back and forth takes about 45 minutes by ATV, but these guys told us they could walk it in about the same amount of time or less.

"I help the older folks, I go out and get the stuff that they need, stuff that my kids need,” Randy Hall said. "Try to help anybody any way that we can, since we're young and able to walk around the mountain."

Christmas is just 12 days away and the 90-some folks who have chosen to ride-out the mess said it may take a Christmas miracle, to get the debris cleared out in time.

"Yeah, I hope so, yes, Sir,” David Hall said. “Makes it hard to get out and get things the kids need for Christmas and everything. It's making it really difficult on the community. Everybody's trying to pitch in and help each other out, but a lot of the older folks won't leave because they're afraid someone's gonna break into their homes."

"I'm scared to leave my home, fear of not coming back to a home," Lambert said.

"No, I'm not leaving my house down there by itself,” another neighbor, Mike Brown, said. “Not gonna do it."

Linda Wilson said her grandkids got out by boat earlier this week, but she stayed behind.

"I don't know if I'll get to see them for Christmas, and that's really sad," Wilson said.

Road crews took advantage of the two dry days they had in a row to clear away as much debris as they could and burn massive tangles of trees.

"We just pray every day that those workers get through it safe and in a timely fashion," David Hall said.

At least 40 families are stuck in Madison Creek. Many cannot leave their homes for health reasons or were unable to travel out by boat. Fingers are crossed that road crews can successfully carve out a safer and faster way through by Christmas.

Rescue crews had to use an ATV to reach a woman who fell and injured her hip Friday night.

The only way they could reach her was with the ATV. It took nearly an hour before they could get her out and to the hospital.

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