Rocks Fall Close To Homes

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

Rocks fall in one neighborhood coming dangerously close to homes.

It's the third rock fall in the Happy Valley neighborhood in Perry County.

Last time, a car was heavily damaged and homeowners fear the next time could be deadly.

“About 4:30, we heard a big loud crash,” Mary Beth Hammond said.

It's a sound that people who live in Happy Valley know all too well.

“I'm afraid. I won't sleep in the front of the house. I go sleep in the back you know, because I'm afraid it'll fall and me asleep and I'll get killed,” Ella Couch said.

The mountain that was cut-out to make room for their homes is now the same thing that's destroying them with falling rocks.

They have no trouble getting help to clean up the re-occurring mess.

Perry County officials brought out equipment once again, but the people who live here say the problem is getting help to prevent it from happening.

They've written letters to Congressman Hal Rogers, Senator Mitch McConnell and the environmental and public protection cabinet.

Each letter claims the problem is not related to mining...and provides no answers.


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  • by Patty Location: Busy on Oct 24, 2007 at 07:42 AM
    We have had problems with water coming from the hill behind our house, there is an abandonded strip job on the hill, also worked out mine openings. We have also contacted all of these people plus others to no avail, they all say it isn't caused by the strip job or the mine openings. We have tried for 10 years to get help, we have received nothing.

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