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Slow-moving landslide threatens Wyoming town

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 01:05

April 21 - The resort town of Jackson, Wyoming is under threat after a slow-moving landslide split a home in two and continues to wreak havoc. Nathan Frandino reports.

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A Wyoming community is under threat as city crews work to stop a slow-moving landslide from tumbling down. Rocks have been falling in Jackson, as grounds shift under this Walgreens. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Jackson resident Michael Siurua saying: "It looks like a disaster movie." It even tore a home into two. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Willy Watsabaugh, chief of the Jackson Hole Fire EMS, Saying: "The house is pretty separated and the front house is dropped approximately 6 feet." The landslide prompted evacuations from homes, apartment buildings and businesses. Officials say the landslide has picked up speed in recent days, slumping as much as a foot a day. Now utility workers are trying to re-route a water main so it doesn't rupture and flood the town. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Willy Watsabaugh, chief of the Jackson Hole Fire EMS, Saying: "That parking lot is a no-entry zone. The only people going in there are the surveyors to get measurements and get out." Geologists say the land may have become unstable due to land development, rains and snow melts.

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Slow-moving landslide threatens Wyoming town

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 01:05