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Road grading may have caused Wyoming hill slide

Apr 16, 2014 - The Associated Press

JACKSON -- A consultant says road grading projects may have contributed to a slow-moving landslide that has displaced nearly 60 residents and damaged homes and businesses in Jackson.

The area around the slide has been the site of grading and construction over decades, including construction of a residential road and grading of a main highway.

Landslide Technology engineer George Machan tells city officials the hill did not start sliding by itself.

The slide was discovered April 4 on a hill above a residential area and the ground is moving about an inch a day.

Officials say they don't believe there's any danger of a sudden, catastrophic collapse of the hill.

Crews plan to start work Wednesday on a massive buttress to slow the slide. The Town Council authorized up to $700,000 for the project.

Crews have disconnected a water pumping station because of a slow-moving landslide in western Jackson.

Town officials said Tuesday the pump was taken out of service because of significant new damage from the slide.

The slide was discovered April 4 on a hill above Budge Drive near West Broadway, and the ground is moving about an inch a day.

Four houses and two apartment buildings have been evacuated while officials consider ways to stabilize the hillside.

As the crisis continues, dozens of people who have homes near the slow-moving landslide in Jackson are worried about how they'll get by during the emergency response.

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