Cleanup begins on Cooks Hollow Road after Saturday night's mudslide
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
Cleanup is underway after a mudslide on Cooks Hollow Road Saturday night and officials say they think they know what caused the mudslide that forced seven people out of their homes.
Sunday morning, homeowners were trying to figure out when they would be able to get back into their homes as water flowed around mud that covered downed trees and asphalt on Cooks Hollow Road.
Jordan Rogers is one of seven people who were evacuated Saturday night.
"It quite a hassle not being able to get home, because I don't got nowhere to stay,” Rogers said.
The mudslide caused a tree to slide down the hill and come to rest on power lines, which forced first responders to cut the power.
Early Sunday morning, state and county officials were on scene trying to figure out what caused the hillside to give way.
"Looks like a drainage issue,” C.W. Sigman, the director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Kanawha County said. “And it’s been an issue for some time and it wash out the hillside,"
Cooks Hollow Road is a private road so the DOH is not responsible for the costly cleanup.
“The owner of where the problem originated is taking ownership," Sigman said.
The owners, Eagle View Apartments and Town Homes, sits at the top of the hill. Eagle View’s owners said they hired engineers to complete a study on what caused the slip and said cleanup is expected to cost about $15,000.
"We're optimistic that they will get it cleaned up quickly,” Sigman said.
As the cleanup process begins, homeowners like Rogers said they want to see a permanent fix to the problem.
"This was a long time coming ever since we have had Eagle View development up here, excess rain water, the road washed out and now a mudslide,” Rogers said.
Despite his frustrations, Rogers said he is thankful.
"Quite honestly, we are really fortunate to not have any injuries and real property damage, really fortunate,” Rogers said.
Rogers and other homeowners said they hope to see the mess cleaned up and the problem fixed before the next round of heavy rain moves in next week.
Sigman said the Cooks Hollow mudslide was one of many across Kanawha County Saturday night.