Rock Slide Damages Home, Car in Mingo County

MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The repeated bitter cold and thawing out are causing rock slide concerns all over our region.

One couple in Mingo County got a much-too-close look at how damaging that problem can be.

"I thought the world was ending or something,” Gladys Ward said. “It was that big of a roar."

About 7:30 p.m. Monday, a mudslide behind their home on Brook Street brought boulders rolling down the hill, colliding with their car and house.

"While we were watching TV in the living room, we heard what sounded like a train running through the house,” Gerald Ward said.

The Williamson fire chief encouraged the couple to find another place to stay, fearing more boulders may fall, but they're sticking it out for now.

Gladys says they’re staying in the opposite end of the house. They have suit cases packed and are ready to bolt if nature continues pressing the issue.

The Wards are waiting for an insurance adjuster to arrive and assess the damage. They say they've been unable to reach the owner of the property that's been sliding.

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