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Crews Continue to Clean Route 3 Rock Slide, Explosives Used for Boulder Removal

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Crews work to clear rock slide on Route 3 in Raleigh County (WV DOT) Crews work to clear rock slide on Route 3 in Raleigh County (WV DOT)
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Route 3 near Sundial in Raleigh County will be closed at least 10 days, according to Carrie Bly, communications specialist for the WV Department of Transportation.  A massive rock slide has shut down both lanes.

In order to clear the roadway, crews have been blasting boulders over the weekend and into Monday. According to the WV DOT, once debris is cleared, work will begin to stabilize the hillside.

Crews are using explosives to blast through three large boulders.  Because of the location of the slide, the process of removing the boulders is difficult but, according to the WV DOT, measures are being taken to limit the amount of debris that could enter the water.

Drivers headed to and from Whitesville are being rerouted to Route 1 until the roadway reopens.

Some residents in Naoma who live just feet away from the rockslide claim they thought an earthquake had occurred.  The rockslide caused their homes to shake.  Click here to read more reactions.  You can watch the complete raw video of the blasting on our Facebook page.