Floyd County road opened following mudslide

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FLOYD CO., Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE: 5:32 p.m. - The Department of Transportation posted a picture on their Facebook account showing several dump trucks continuing to work on a Floyd County road that was closed by a mudslide.

The mudslide left Hwy. 122 closed most of Tuesday.

Officials said crews spent 15 hours around the clock to clear the blocked road.

The road is open, but officials said people can expect delays.


UPDATE: 9:21 am- Kentucky 122 reopened around midnight Tuesday after crews spent more than 15 hours cleaning up the mudslide.

Officials said crews will be out possibly all day Wednesday clearing material off the hillside.

Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic through one lane as crews work, but drivers should expect some delays.

Kentucky 122 in the McDowell community of Floyd County remains closed following an early morning mudslide.

Crews arrived on the scene of the mudslide around 6:30 Tuesday morning.

Several feet of mud and trees swallowed both lanes of KY 122.

"It's a hazard for sure, I'm just glad nobody was coming through when it came, you know, came off the hill," said Highway Superintendent Garland Rogers.

Heavy rain early Tuesday morning caused the hillside to give away, leaving behind a mess for crews to clean up.

"We've got to get the trees out first, you know, typically we'd send like a chainsaw or something to cut the trees, but I knew there was a lot of pressure behind this so I didn't want to send the guys into that," said Rogers.

Rogers estimates the mudslide is more than 300 feet tall.

Crews are using equipment with a claw to clear trees from the roadway and hillside.

As work continues cleaning up the slide officials want drivers to know there are options to detour the mudslide.

"If you need to go toward Wheelwright you can go across John Hall Branch up Mudcreek through Ligon," said Rogers.

Throughout the day mud continued to fall down the hillside.

Officials fear with more rain in the future, more of the hillside will give away.

"There's more on the hill that we can't reach, you know, we can just get the road open and reach what we can," said Rogers. "Mother Nature rains, it rains again, you know, it is what it is."

Crews will work until dark Tuesday evening.

The road will remain closed overnight and crews will continue cleaning up Wednesday morning.

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