Mudslide pushes home further down hill

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

A mudslide pushed one Johnson County home off its foundation two weeks ago.

Now, it has slid more than thirty feet down a hill, and is threatening other homes.

Neighbors told me last week they blame the mudslide on an abandoned strip mine on the mountain above the homes.

The Flannery's home in East Point last week, it was mostly intact, but had moved off the foundation.

It's remarkable to see what has happened to this house in just a week.

The right side of the house is torn off, the front porch cover is now below the house, and mud is everywhere.

David Dennison lives down the hill from the Flannerys, and says the he is still in shock.

In just one week, mud pushed the house another 30 to 40 feet down the hill. The home crashed into this garage, owned by Flannery's father, Ronnie Gamble.

"Anything could happen right now. All that mud and everything in the back," said Gamble.

Gamble says the damage to the garage alone has cost his family about $30,000.

Gamble moved his family out of the house, and they are now staying at a Paintsville hotel.

"I don't like to live like that. ain't no place like home," said Gamble.

Gamble and David Dennison say water from the mudslide keeps filling the surrounding creeks.

They say the county road department clears the ditches frequently, but they are still very concerned about their homes.

"It's difficult, just gotta make the best of a bad situation," said Dennison.

Both are hoping to move back in, but do not know when that will be.

Two inspectors from the Department of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement evaluating the scene.

They declined to comment, but the department says officials are closely monitoring the situation.

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