Residents of Madison Creek have once again been isolated after a slide from the construction associated with the new W.Va. Route 10 blocked their only access road.
Linda Wilson said they were told it would be at least four hours before the road would be clear.
“It looks like it’s about 20 feet high from the pictures. I don’t understand. They were supposed to put us an alternate way out, but nothing has been done. We have sick people down here and what if people need to get to the hospital. This should never have happened.”
Wilson and her daughter Jennifer Smith organized a meeting about W.Va. Route 10 before the road was closed for an extended period of time, but the situation at Madison Creek was not addressed at the meeting, nor has it been addressed since.
Carrie Bly, Communications Specialist with the W.Va. Department of Transportation, said the state is having a number of slips and slides across West Virginia as the rain and varying temperatures continue.
“The freeze-thaw effect is causing our hillsides to be very loose and there’s a high potential that more slips and slides could occur,” Bly said, “The contractor is working on it. They will be working on it all weekend. That hillside is unstable so more could keep falling. The bank is already loose. It’s a tough situation.”
Bly went on to say, “Hopefully, we won’t have any emergencies over the weekend, but Rupie has talked to Roger Bryant at LEASA and they plan to have boat available to get anyone out who has a medical emergency.”
In the past when slides have occurred, a boat was kept on the opposite side of Madison Creek in case an emergency arose.
W.Va. Delegate Rupert Phillips, who has been very involved in working with said, “I’ve been on the phone with the state road. They told me that the contractor will keep someone there around the clock to keep an eye on it. They will do whatever they need to do to clear the road. Mother Nature is making it tough with all the rain.”
Plans are to contact the governor’s office on Monday. The residents are also thinking about trying to stop the construction.
“If we have to get all of us in this community together and go up there and stop the construction until they agree to make us a way out of here. I just don’t know what else to do,” said Wilson.