Winter Thaw and Heavy Rain Lead to Major Rock and Mud Slides in West Virginia
After a winter thaw and heavy rain, rock and mud slides closed down portions of US 119 in West Virginia. In Mink Shoals on Sunday, large boulders rolled onto the highway taking down power lines. West Virginia DOT has to wait for the utility company to come out and assess the damage before removing the boulder. In the early morning hours of Monday, more mud and rocks fell, worsening the clean up. One lane is closed near the rock slide and traffic is alternating.
More mud & rock came down overnight on US 119 in Mink Shoals. Waiting until daylight to assess situation. pic.twitter.com/rEDmXqgbtx
— WVDOT (@WVDOT) February 22, 2016
Over the weekend, West Virginia saw temperatures near the 70s, melting snow in some of the higher elevations. A line of storms rolled through quickly dropping over an inch of rain. Officials are keeping an eye on big rocks as further concerns.
Kanawha Co: US 119 in Mink Shoals area remains down to one lane as crews clean up this mess. pic.twitter.com/SpbxVZRIjq
— WVDOT (@WVDOT) February 21, 2016