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Road crews begin cleanup after Franklin County mudslides

The rain may be gone, but the mess it left behind is still here. Road crews have a big task ahead of them, clearing roads across Franklin County.

Across Kentucky yesterday, the rain came down and left its mark. In Franklin County, that mark includes mudslides that have closed roads across the county.

The biggest of those is on Highway 420, just off the East-West connector.

Crews arrived there around eight this morning and began the difficult task of removing not only the mud, but also the trees that came down the hill with it. The force of the slide stripped some of their trees of their bark.

On nearby Big Eddy Road, the rain not only brought down the mud, it also washed away the earth under the road. Crews can't even approach the mudslide because the road may not be strong enough to hold their equipment.

The earth around the mudslide is so wet, water is still pouring out of it. Crews hope the rain holds off long enough to finish this work.

Highway 420 should be reopened within a few days once the debris is removed and it's safe to drive on. Big Eddy Road, however, is closed indefinitely because part of the road is washed away.

You can check on the progress of the cleanup by clicking on the link attached to this story.


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