Carroll faces cleanup from mudslides
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 11:00 AM
Spring storms caused at least three mudslides in Carroll County and filled several culverts and ditches with debris over the past week.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson told magistrates during a Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday morning that state and local officials have begun to look into the next steps for cleanup after the rain.
"It's created a lot of problems throughout the county," Tomlinson said.
A large landslide happened Friday morning, crushing a vacant rental home in the 1800 block of KY 36. Another landslide occurred Sunday night in the 1500 block of KY 36 near the location of another landslide that happened nearly four years ago.
No one was injured in either slide, but KY 36 was closed to traffic for several hours during both days as the area was inspected and cleared.
Other small landslides have been reported along another area of KY 36 and Lock Road, but neither has caused major damage, Tomlinson said.
Crews continue to monitor the slides along KY 36 for movement after geologists warned county officials that the area had the potential to slide again.
"The real concern that they had was the amount of material that came down off the hill and is now resting on the ledge," Tomlinson said. "There is a lot of pressure and a lot of weight."
Officials plan to remove debris and some of the trees that have begun to lean because of the slides. Crews have been called in to do drilling to determine how thick the rock on the hillside is, he said.
Crews could begin the process as early as today, weather permitting.
"I don't know exactly what we're going to do" to secure the areas, Tomlinson said. "We're working on it."
Tomlinson also discussed the proposed Jefferson Community and Technical College campus in Carrollton, which remains in the state budget after approval by the state House and Senate.
Gov. Steve Beshear is expected to sign the bill this month.
The governor could still make changes to the biennial budget by vetoing items, but Tomlinson didn't believe the college campus would be at risk of being a vetoed item after a discussion earlier this week.
"We don't anticipate our college being (vetoed)," he said.
The budget will go into effect on July 1.
In other business:
Magistrates approved a roof replacement on the Carroll County Senior Center on Sixth Street and replacement of broken skylights on a building at the former Camp KYSOC. The roof and skylights have caused the two buildings to leak during the recent storms.
The roof replacement is expected to cost $18,485, and the skylight work is expected to cost $6,840.
The work was awarded to Nixon Construction of Carrollton.