Hillside keeps moving, but not accelerating, near Wyoming resort town; 60 forced out
JACKSON, Wyo. — An unstable hillside has continued to move since it forced dozens from their homes last week in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson over the slim but persistent risk of a sudden landslide, but the shifting was not accelerating, authorities said on Sunday.
“Basically, the movement is remaining fairly constant,” incident spokeswoman Charlotte Reynolds said. “So we're having to monitor our excitement, but it is still moving, so it is obviously still a concern.”
Geologists and others are watching the hill's movement with the help of ground-monitoring equipment. A geologist has put the risk of sudden collapse at 5 percent. So far, one unoccupied home, which is directly atop the slide zone, has sustained damage.
About 60 people haven't stayed in their homes since Wednesday. Officials say the move was a precaution because of Washington state's deadly landslide and tied to damage of the only access road.
The unstable hillside is about the size of two football fields and is along a main artery outside the historic downtown area.
Reynolds said some residents outside the highest-risk area were thinking about returning to their homes and apartments despite the evacuation order. But she said she wasn't aware of anyone doing so. Residents are allowed escorted access to their homes to check on them and pick up belongings, but no one is allowed to stay overnight.
As long as the hill continues to show movement, residents should stay out of their homes even though only one unoccupied house is within the area considered to be most at risk, Reynolds said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Doctor 1st Ebola virus case in New York City
- Fight against Islamic State at impasse, military commanders say
- Huge gold nugget goes on sale for $400K
- 3 killed in Md. mid-air collision
- 8 arrested in post-game riots in Morgantown
- Defacements in national parks lead to outrage, probe
- Driver accused of pretending to be Ohio cop
- 4 private security guards convicted
- Coburn’s final ‘Wastebook’ tallies $25B in what he considers ‘pork’
- Court: IRS not targeting conservative tax-exempt groups
- Internet providers asked not to take ‘fast lanes’