MADISON CREEK, W.Va. – The state Division of Highways has closed a Logan County road until further notice after several mudslides and a continuing unstable situation. The road is the only way in and out of a community with several families.

The DOH has an option for residents who live beyond the slide on Madison Creek Road. The agency announced late Tuesday an emergency watercraft would be used to cross the Guyandotte River and evacuate residents who wish to leave. The DOH is working with the Logan Emergency Ambulance Authority and the sheriff’s department on evacuation and security issues. The DOH is also working on temporary living and travel arrangements for the residents.

Madison Creek Road sits right between two Route 10 construction sites and some residents have blamed that work on creating the unstable conditions. Walker said recent rains put the hillside on the edge.

“It’s become very muddy, soupy and a lot of that stuff has come off to block the road. It’s very unstable,” DOH spokesman Brent Walker said. Another significant slide took place at about 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Walker said repairing the damage won’t be a quick-fix.

“I don’t think we’ll be able to get that hillside stabilized within a couple of hours,” he said.

Residents can call the Logan Emergency Ambulance Service Authority for assistance at 304-752-7662.

The DOH has had 25 rock and mudslides in recent days because of heavy rain along freezing and thawing.

 

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Comments

  • GORDY

    Will the WVDOH bring in contractors, soil nailers, or Drillers and pay them prevailing wages for this slip in Logan County to be fixed????????????

  • jag

    from what i have seen in logan co they have better sleeping arrangements at the motel, if they are bought out will they actually be better off or the money be gone in a few months?????

  • Hillbilly

    This is just typical W.Va. terrain . It happens all over W.Va. this one is just bad . This is NOT going to be a cheap quick fix , so fasten your seatbelts .

    • Larry

      I would consider Logans terrain as some of the more challenging, and steep in WV.

  • Golfman

    I don't see how that can be repaired absent blowing up the mountain side and stabliziing it some how. It may be cheaper just to buy those people homes and move them out.

  • Larry

    There are a lot of areas in WV where people should not live.

    • syd

      pretty much anywhere South of I64 and West of the Turnpike

  • Robert

    I heard "mudslide" and "unstable" but this is just massive. It appears the entire hill above the road has cracked loose. How you even begin to engineer a repair and give continued access is beyond me. Just wow.

    • Larry

      Yeah, looks terrible, the first photo is mislabeled, says it's from Google earth, but you can clearly see a part of the helicopter it was taken from in the photo. Appears to be a strip mine operation located above the road.