Woo – What a small world. There was a mudslide in our little town and apparently it made the national newswire. We received a number of emails during the course of the day asking if we were ok. The answer – Yes. Same true for Tartok and Ruby over at The Thundering Herd Annex.
What happened? About a mile away from us, a wall of mud began sliding down a mountain side. That wall was tall – 30 feet (9 meters) high. That wall was wide – 175 feet (53 meters). And it slid a very long ways down the mountain – 3000 feet (900 meters). The good thing? It was slow. It took 30 minutes to move that distance which allowed for evacuation and no serious injuries or deaths. Absolutely amazing.
Between of the amount of snow, ice and rain we have had in the last couple of weeks, the ground simply gave way.
Mud slides like this are very common. While the Maggie Valley slide made news, we also had major slides in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (partially closing US 441 – for a second time), one in Weaverville, and another not far away in South Carolina – all this weekend. And all of this on top of the Interstate 40 rock slide that has had the interstate closed since October. Mother Nature simply likes to remind us that all of this rugged beauty is, well, rugged.
As always, a special thank you to the excellent emergency response crews in our area that worked around the clock to make sure everyone was safe (including digging out 4 canines from the mud – and all 4 are safe and sound). Those crews had to work in ATV’s like these to get around the mountainous terrain:
But we are safe and sound. We did do a survey of our area and, other than some downed trees from wind and ice, no problems around our house. More snowy scenes back tomorrow from our weekend adventures: