Weather could create unprecedented slope conditions

Several landslides reported in Haywood
Jan 17, 2013

Haywood County Emergency Management is urging county residents, particularly those who live on slopes, to be aware of unprecedented weather conditions that could occur overnight.

In the last three days, the county has received more than a foot of rainfall, which has saturated the ground, leading to an increased risk of landslides and downed power lines due to falling trees. The overnight weather forecast calls for temperatures below freezing and several inches of snow accumulation, particularly in higher elevations.

Emergency Management and Fire and Rescue are responding to a landslide on Rich Cove Road. The landslide is in the same spot as the previous one several years ago, said Greg Shuping, director of emergency management. The sediment pond that was built after the previous landslide did its job, Shuping said, and NDCOT was able to clean up the sediment on the road.

No evacuations are anticipated at this time, however county residents who live on slopes are advised to monitor weather conditions, consider their options, and be prepared to leave.

There were several other landslides across the county today, including one on Skyline Drive near Eagle's Nest that caused severe structure damage to an unoccupied seasonal home, Shuping said.

As a precaution, the county opened a shelter at 5 p.m. at the Department of Social Services, Health Department and Environmental Services building, located at 157 Paragon Parkway in Clyde.

Those who are displaced or need a place to stay for the night are welcome to visit the shelter.

If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you have questions, but are not experiencing an emergency, please do not call 9-1-1, but instead dial 452-6600.

For tips on how to prepare for evacuating your home, please see the following links from the N.C. Cooperative Extension service or visit the Emergency Services section of the Haywood County website,