UPDATE: Madison County Emergency Management reports a section of Tates Creek Road (Hwy 169) in Madison County which was closed due to a mudslide is now open.
The location of the closure was between the 7 and 8 mile marker area, northwest from Richmond.
Trees and mud covered both lanes of the road Thursday night around 7 pm. Crews worked to successfully re-open the roadway on Friday afternoon just after 3:00 pm.
A central Kentucky road has been closed because of a mudslide. Mud and trees slid onto Tates Creek Road in Madison County following the heavy rain the region saw Thursday.
Just when things had begun to settle down for some emergency workers, crews in Madison County found themselves back in crisis management. "We've had snow, rain, possible tornadoes, hail, and now mudslides," Deputy Emergency Management Director Michael Bryant said. Asked what would be next, "Who knows, frogs and locusts," Bryant answered.
Bryant says the mudslide happened around 7pm Thursday, covering both lanes of Tates Creek Road. "We've got quite a few people live down Valley View," Bryant said, "and a lot of folks take the Valley View Ferry every morning going back and forth to work."
This isn't the first time this has happened in this same spot, and transportation officials say the problem is likely a private road that was cut up the nearby hill and created unstable conditions. "It's going to have to be checked out so it doesn't slide again," Bryant said.
The Kentucky Department of Highways has closed the section of road located between the 7 and 8 mile marker area, northwest from Richmond. The area of addresses affected by the road closure is from 2030 Tates Creek Road to 2057 Tates Creek Road.
The road is expected to be closed most of the day as crews respond to clear the area.
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