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Reality Check | Where landslides happen most in Kentucky

Kentucky Geological Society map showing landslides in the state
Kentucky Geological Society map showing landslides in the state(WKYT)
Published: Feb. 29, 2016 at 5:40 PM EST
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As drivers face weeks of detours in southern Kentucky after a rockslide closed I-75 in Tennessee, Kentucky also sees its share of landslides.

In Kentucky, landslides and the cost to repair them cost more than $4 million each year, according to the Kentucky Geological Survey. The price tag is largely incurred by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

While landslides can happen in all parts of the state, KGS says the most prone areas are eastern Kentucky, the outer areas of the Bluegrass and northern Kentucky.

Perry County in eastern Kentucky leads the state with the most number of landslides. Perry is followed by Kenton, Campbell, Pike, Floyd, Harlan, Letcher, Knott, Greenup and Leslie counties.

Friday's landslide in shut down I-75 in both directions in Campbell County, Tenn., about 30 miles from the Kentucky border. The long closure and detour through southern Kentucky is needed to give workers time to clean-up the slide and stabilize the area, according to Tennessee Department of Transportation officials.