Mudslide creates headaches for people in Whitley County

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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A major mudslide has closed a roadway in Southern Kentucky and created a headache for more than a half dozen people.

The problems on Bunch's Creek Road started Saturday and Tuesday's rains could make it worse. A man who lives on the other side of the road said he watched as the mountain he lives on slid away.

DeWayne Lee is a teacher in Campbell County, Tennessee but he lives in Whitley County. He said he thought he was going to be trapped in his home because of the mud, trees and other debris that gave way.

The local road department had been working since then, hauling away more than 60 trucks of mud and debris.

Local officials said there used to be a strip mine nearby and debris from that may have given way, causing the problem.

At least eight homes are impacted. People said the mud has caused some structural problems to some of their properties but so far no homes have been damaged.

Tuesday night's rainfall could cause problems since the soil will not dry up any time soon.

This has been an issue over the last few days.

"We have actually cleaned the road 3 times so they can get back in, we are talking 3 or 4 times to get it open," said Danny Moses with Whitley County Emergency Management.

Officials say no one has been injured and they will keep the road passable while cleaning up the mud.

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