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UPDATE: Road set to reopen in Logan County, WV after mudslide

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Multiple agencies responded last week to a mudslide in Logan County, WV Multiple agencies responded last week to a mudslide in Logan County, WV
LOGAN COUNTY, WV -

UPDATE:

According to a press release issued by the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) Madison Creek Road should be reopened by Thursday, Dec. 19.

In the press release issued by WVDOH they warn residents Madison Creek Roadmay not be smooth in spots due to the mud and gravel that fell on top of it after the mudslide. However, the contractor designated to repair the road believes he has been able to restore Madison Creek Road so it is safe enough for residents to travel on. 

WVDOH says they are continuing to help residents in the Madison Creek Road area by providing food, clothing and shelter to those affected by the mudslide. They are also using boats to provide safe passage to those residents who still can't get to their homes. WVDOH added in their release they will continue to do this to help residents in that area.

The press release also says WVDOH will plan to close Madison Creek Road permanently once construction on a causeway across the Guyandotte River is completed.

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ORIGINAL:

The goal Tuesday night was getting families out of their homes in Madison Creek because of a massive mud slide that shook the community during the day. 

It was a voluntary evacuation.  One slide happened over the weekend, and on Tuesday, another one slid.  "We got a real tight community here," said Bobby Brewer.  "We try to stick together and help out."

For the original story, click here:  http://www.wowktv.com/story/24186240/voluntary-evacuation-happening-on-madison-creek-in-logan-county-wv

Residents who live beyond the slide are were offered the opportunity to leave. The West Virginia Division of Highways worked with the Logan Emergency Ambulance Authority to use boats and ATV's to get people out were stranded. 

Brewer works for Logan County Schools.  Two of his buses were there to take people to area hotels.  "It's just a hard thing for the families," he said.  "I know what they're going through."

Brewer is from the community.  He said helping people in need comes naturally.  Brewer's parents were in the direct path of floods that hit the area some years ago.  When they needed help.. The community stepped in. 

He said he knows what to expect once neighbors start making their way to the command center.  "Chaos," he said.  "It's going to be chaos trying to get all of their luggage out to motels and places.  We don't know where they're going.  They said it could be a long night."

Many agencies coming together for a common cause.. .And they all had the same mindset.  Brewer said, "I'm here for the long haul."

At our last check, four people had voluntarily chosen to leave the community.