Engineers and county officials are looking at four mudslides in Carroll County as they brace for any others. The largest happened Friday swallowing a vacant house.
Carroll County officials are now looking at four recent mudslides in the same area so every couple hours they are keeping a close watch along Highway 36.
CARROLL COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Engineers and county officials are looking at four mudslides in Carroll County as they brace for any others.
The largest happened Friday swallowing a vacant house.
For more than 20 years Bob Marlette has lived along Highway 36 in Carroll County. He loves his riverside home, but lately multiple mudslides are too close for comfort.
On Sunday he heard the most recent. "You could hear the trees cracking and so forth as they went down and then we lost power immediately and I saw some flashes I guess of the transformer over there so it was frightening," said Marlette.
The road was closed for several hours. On Friday it was just about a quarter mile away that heavy rains prompted a couple neighbors to voluntarily leave their home after a vacant rental property was taken out by the slide.
"Fortunately there was no one in that house, but had there had been that would have been tragic," said Marlette.
University of Louisville Professor of Geosciences Jafar Hadizadeh said after looking at the video he believes Friday's was a mixed type landslide.
"At the top it might be a slump and at the bottom it might be too wet and turn into a mudslide," said Hadizadeh.
A slump and mudslide are different only in moisture content. Hadizadeh said being so close to the Ohio River in Carroll County is also a contributing factor.
"This is an area that is underlined by a sliver of glacial deposits and those are similar deposits as to what had the mudslide in Washington state," said Hadizadeh.
Carroll County officials are now looking at four recent mudslides in the same area so every couple hours they are keeping a close watch along Highway 36. New movement could prompt evacuations.
"Monitoring is the best thing," said Hadizadeh. "It should be under watch especially if we get more precipitation."
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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