The Smoky Mountain News reports that "Republican lawmakers have pulled the plug on [North Carolina's] landslide mapping unit, terminating a controversial project to assess which slopes in the mountains are landslide prone." In recent years, a number of landslides have destroyed homes and taken lives in WNC. For the full report...
Friday night, Tammy Jones was trapped in the basement of her home after a 90-foot-wide mudslide tore down 3,000 feet of mountainside land on Rich Cove Road in Maggie Valley. Jones was rescued, and no other residents were injured, but about 40 people have been evacuated because the danger for more slides remains, say state geologists.
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