UPDATE: Voluntary Evacuations after Logan Mudslide

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UPDATE 12/11/13 @ 5 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Voluntary Evacuations are underway after a mudslide on Madison Creek Road in the Lyburn area of Logan County.

The road was first shut down last week when the slip happened. Crews were able to clean up the mess and reopen the road, but all of the rain the next few days caused another slide early Tuesday morning.

The road has been closed indefinitely.

Wednesday the state highway department met with lawmakers, then held a community meeting, to tell residents of an evacuation plan.

Crews used boats to take 40 of the 100 residents from their homes, across part of the Guyandotte River, where the road is closed. Many of them brought suitcases and trashbags filled with belongings with them.

WVDOH is paying for hotels and food for the 40 residents who left their homes.

Neighbors who have decided to stay can get in and out on their own ATVs, at their own risk. The DOH will not be providing any transportation.

We spoke with a family over the phone yesterday. Megan Browning is pregnant. She had to be rescued Tuesday when she went into labor. She didn't end up having the baby, but says she is happy she is safe in case she goes into labor again.

The DOH is still trying to figure out what to do from here. They may try to build a temporary bridge, but even that could take up to two weeks.

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UPDATE 12/11/13 @ 12 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Officials are meeting with residents who live along Madison Creek Road Wednesday afternoon a mudslide has shut down the road.

The road in the Lyburn area was originally shut down Friday due to a slip. Crews cleaned it up and were able to reopen the road, but had to close it again Monday due to fear of another slip.

Nearly 70 homes are cut off due to the road closure.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation says officials will meet with community members about 12:30 Wednesday afternoon. This comes after a meeting with lawmakers Wednesday morning.

In the meeting, the WVDOT plans to explain their options when it comes to hotel accommodations, as well as money for meals.

So far, four people have taken advantage of an evacuation plan offered by state road crews.

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UPDATE 12/10/13 @ 11:25 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four people trapped by a mudslide in the Madison Creek Road have decided to let emergency crews help them evacuate the area, county leaders say.

Part of the evacuation will take place by boat and then by vehicle.

That evacuation is expected sometime overnight Tuesday. More evacuations are possible by Wednesday morning.

Anyone wanting to leave by way of emergency vehicle is asked to call Logan County 911.



UPDATE 12/10/13 @ 6:16 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia Department of Transportation officials confirm a significant slide happened early Tuesday evening on Madison Creek Road in Logan County.

"We already need supplies. My mother and father-in-law already ran out of milk, and other people around us ran out of milk, and the babies will need diapers," said Paige Browning, who is talking about life essentials.

Browning has no idea when she will be able to get more. That's because her family and others are trapped. WSAZ.com had to speak to her by phone on Tuesday.

"There's about a 250-foot section of mountain that's expected to slide off at any time," said Logan County EMS Supervisor Ray Bryant, whose agency had crews on standby in case of an emergency. "We do have boats available. We do have an amphibious vehicle available to transport people out of here in an emergency."

The West Virginia Department of Transportation says Madison Creek Road in Logan County is closed indefinitely.

Neighbors who are in can't get out. Neighbors who are out, meanwhile, can't get back in.

"My daughter is nine months pregnant and my husbands uncle is on kidney dialysis," Browning said.

In the meantime, neighbors have to be patient knowing it could be a long wait.

"I have a full-time job and my husband has a full-time job and if we can't get there," Browning said. "My husband works in the coal industry. That's unstable anyway and everyone else around here works and they're scared they're gonna lose their jobs."

WVDOT officials stated in a news release: "an emergency watercraft will be used to cross the Guyandotte River and evacuate residents who wish to leave. WVDOH is also working with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department to provide security in the area.

The WVDOH is still in the process of making temporary living and travel arrangements for these families. Residents who need assistance are asked to call the Logan Emergency Ambulance Service Authority at 304-752-7662.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 12/10/13
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Nearly 80 families are trapped after a road has been shut down due to the fear of a mudslide in Logan County.

A slip was reported Friday on Madison Creek Road in the Lyburn area. The road was shut down so crews could clean up the slip.

The road was reopened, but closed again Monday. Crews were afraid that with all of the rain recently, a mudslide could soon happen.

EMS says they have two boats and off-road vehicles read to transport supplies or people in case of emergency.

However, they say they don't have access to the road if there is a fire.

One woman who is trapped says she's running out of milk and her daughter is two weeks from delivering a baby.

WVDOT says the road is closed indefinitely.

WSAZ's Shannon Houser is on the scene and will have the latest tonight at 5 and 6.

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