Work begins on Wheelwright slide

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Work has started on the hill in Wheelwright that started sliding last month

The landslide caused evacuations and panic across the city. Contractors began work Monday morning to reinforce the soil around one of the homes on Maple Street. This is the first stage in a long process.

Three families were forced to evacuate their homes when the land started sliding. Foundations were cracking, and the ground was sinking.

The Office of Surface Mining declared the slide was abandoned coal mines, and now Randy Hayes and his crews are working to save the one remaining unsafe house.

"It's a temporary fix. Gonna put soil pins in in order to save the house, then come back later and a more permanent on this situation," Hayes said.

"I'm relieved that they are there to take care of that problem," Wheelwright Mayor David Sammons said.

By the end of the week, there will be 62 steel beams installed in the ground to stabilize the soil. He says this should make the house safe again.

Once these crews finish their job, the Office of Surface Mining will return and figure out what to do next.

Randy Hayes' company, CROWD Transporters, bid a little more than $80,000 to win the contract to work on the hill.


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