Rockslide Forces Several Families to Leave Homes

LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A rockslide is wreaking havoc in a neighborhood in Logan. Three homes are being evacuated.

Bonnie Adams is saying goodbye to the place she has called home for a quarter of a century.

“This is something I never ever expected. I've been here 25 years,” Adams said.

Adams has always felt safe and secure in her home, but she's suddenly living life on the edge -- literally.

“It (the rockslide) is about three feet under the foundation of the house,” Ray Perry, Logan’s code enforcement officer, said.

Perry had the tough task of telling Adams and two other families that they have to leave their homes.

“It would be comparable to knocking on the door and telling somebody their house was on fire,” Perry said.

Engineers worry the rest of the hill could go at any time. It could be a day, a week or even a year, but those who live there were asked to leave immediately.

Christine Evans lives two doors down from the slide. After seeing it, she’s worried about her own home.

“It scares me to death that I’m gonna wake up with a house in my bedroom one morning,” Evans said.

As for Adams’ house, Perry says it will have to be demolished.

“I've worked as a cook and I’ve paid my bills and paid for my house. Now, it's all going to be gone,” Adams said.

Perry says more than likely all three homes will have to be demolished.

All three families do have places to stay.

City officials don't believe any of the other homes in the neighborhood are at risk.

For peace of mind though, some neighbors, like Evans, plan to ask the city to check out the remainder of the hillside.

It’s unclear exactly what caused the rockslide, but Perry says the rain earlier this week contributed.


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