Large landslide affects Harlan County residents

DAYHOIT, Ky. (AP) - A state official says corrective work is pending in an area of eastern Kentucky where a large landslide occurred.

Carl Hays, who is the environmental inspector with the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, told the Harlan Daily Enterprise that the slide on Thursday in Dayhoit is about 400 feet wide and covers between three and four acres. He called it a "significant slide."

Hays said a contract to fix the issues is pending, with work likely to begin within five weeks.

Nearby resident Sandy McKnight told the newspaper that smaller slides have occurred and residents have complained for nearly a year. The latest slide knocked down electric poles and blocked the road.

Says McKnight: "You can sit here at night and hear the rock and trees moving."

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