Crews haul away more than 23,000 tons of debris from Pike County mudslide

Published: May. 20, 2019 at 4:58 PM EDT
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Around 400 yards long, 50 yards wide, and 50 feet deep, a mudslide in Pike County is causing a big headache for many in the Little Robinson Creek community.

"We saw it a week before it started slipping. We just knew it was going to come off," said Tommy Hall Jr.

Hall lives near the muddy mess.

"We didn't think it would be that bad and it wasn't when it first started," recalled Hall.

However, since February, rainy days caused the slide to grow.

"It started out with maybe a tree and two loads of dirt," said Fabian Little.

Little is the supervisor for the Pike County Road Department.

"Usually we can go in and have a slide cleaned up in a day or two days," Little pointed out.

Clearing more than 60 loads each day, the slide is bigger than their usual job.

"This slide is no comparison. It is so much bigger," said Little.

Crews have hauled off more than 23,000 tons of debris.

"Judge Jones and all the commissioners, they have allowed me to use every resource that we have," Little said.

Right now, it is hard to gauge how long it will take crews to clean up the slide.

"I mean with this, there's no way (to tell) because you don't know how much is going to keep moving," explained Little.

Officials will need to take a unique approach to contain and clean the mudslide away from the road.

"Normally, you don't want to mess with the toe of a slide because if you mess with the toe, that lets it keep sliding. But with the way this one is, it has the creek blocked and also the road," Little added.

Those like Hall who live here are thankful for the constant upkeep.

"They're doing an excellent job," said Hall.

Thankfully, no one was injured when the slide hit the road in February.

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