Mudslide in Ethel

By: NewsChannel 3
By: NewsChannel 3

The heavy rain isn't getting all the blame for a mudslide that shut down a busy road in Logan County. The Department of Environmental Protection cited Massey Energy for a mudslide that blocked State Route 17 near Ethel.

A detour's giving people another way through that area, but that's not helping people who live nearby sleep any easier!

Christina Smith tells her horrifying story, “The whole trailer started shaking! You should have heard it! The whole hillside hit the road!”

The wall of earth spared Christina Smith's home, but tore up flowers, garden and rose bushes, wiped it all out.

The term "mudslide" doesn't really tell this story: this was mud, rocks, and water, dragging full-grown trees! It started small way up and carved an ever-widening thick gash down the mountainside. Even the clean-up spewed torrents of muck.

Massey energy was ordered to stop work that caused a Blackwater spill in Pigeon Creek in Mingo County. The state department also ordered international coal group to stop work blamed for a sediment pond overflow into the Birch River in Nicholas County.

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