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Crews Open Road Into Madison Creek

Reported by: Send eMail Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Dec. 19, 2013 5:15 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 19, 2013 11:31 PM EST

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Madison Creek Road
WV Department of Transportation photo

Madison Creek , Logan County , West Virginia

People living in the Madison Creek area of Logan County have been anxious to get home. And after hard work from road crews, many of them are once again home.

There's one saying that comes to mind for those who live on Madison Creek Road in Logan County: "There's no place like home."

People who live in the area were able to return home thursday after a landslide last week shut down the road and cut off the community.

That road reopened just before 6:30 thursday evening.

Rocks, trees and mud kept the Division of Highways busy for days to clear the mess.

"The size of this slide was beyond the size of anything any of us have dealt with," Chris Collins, with the DOH, said.

Madison Creek Road is one way in -- one way out.

The slide effectively cut off access.

Some decided to stay at home, knowing they'd have no way out. Others went to hotels or nearby family homes with the help of Logan and Man emergency services, who used ATV's and boats to evacuate the community.

"I can't say it's been awful," Rhonda Dibson of Madison Creek said. "Because I've been stay with my daughter but I just want to go home."

Crews worked around the clock to make sure everyone in the Madison Creek area could spend the holidays together.

"We wanted to be able to get the families back to their homes," Collins said. "We know many families have been displaced or have stayed in the area and that was a major factor we wanted to get the families at least home for Christmas and we're very pleased that we've done that."

So with the road back open and families back home for Christmas, neighbors say they're ready for life to get back to normal.

However, if you're headed out that way, be careful driving. The gravel road is still a bit muddy and road crews are still out there working.




The West Virginia Division of Highways opened a temporary road into the Madison Creek area of Logan County on Thursday.

More than 100 people were trapped when the slide first happened on Dec. 6.

Many people were stranded in their homes, or stayed at a motel after evacuating.



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