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Construction starts to fix destruction of Wyoming landslide

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Cody – Park County road workers are finally repairing a road that is buried in 30 feet of mud and debris. A Memorial Day weekend landslide along the Chief Joseph Highway in Crandall, Wyoming also buried and ripped apart cabins on the mountain side.

Park County Commissioners recently met with Crandall residents, and told them they couldn’t start repairing County Road X-U-X until it dried out. The massive slide below Hunter Peak carried dead tree trunks from the 1988 wildfires, and live trees down the mountain.

Park County Commissioner Joe Tilden said geologists told them the land slide is part of an ancient slide. He said deep snow during the last two winters saturated the ground, and created a landslide that destroyed two homes.

Tilden explained,  “One of them came down approximately 100 feet, and one of them moved maybe 70 or 80 feet, but one of them broke in half.  And the upper half is sitting on what used to be our county right of way and still is, and the other half is about 100 feet below that. It fell in a ravine.”

Tilden said the slide buried the county road with 30 feet of mud and debris in some places. The Park County Commissioners budgeted money to fix the road, and reconstruction started Monday.

Tilden explained,  “Well, we budgeted $250,000 for it, and in our staff meeting this morning, preliminary, it looks like it is going to cover it.  And this is just a band-aid, that’s all it is. We are in an effort to try to get that road open for the residents, especially this winter. There are a lot of people who live up there on a year around basis.”

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