Harlan County declares state of emergency over mudslide

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A state of emergency is declared in Harlan County following a rock and mudslide that has closed all but one lane of a highway and is impacting hundreds of homes in the area.

The slide is on KY 72, near Pruitt’s Curve and HWY 2425.

According to a Facebook post by Harlan County Judge Executive Dan Mosley, crews are on scene working to clean up the slide but more material is expected to fall because of the already saturated ground and continuing rainfall.

“Therefore, this morning I am declaring a state of emergency due to the seriousness of this issue that continues to be an ongoing problem and the fact that more than 300 Harlan County households are impacted as a result of this slide, impacting emergency services, transportation, and the ability to deliver critical services to the people of this area,” Mosley says in his post.

Mosley says the county has expressed concerns to highway officials over the last several weeks about the area due to reports of debris falling at different times and damaging vehicles.

With the state of emergency, Mosley says the state is being asked to help stabilize the mountainside, make sure drivers are safe when traveling the highway and restore services to the homes impacted by the slide.

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