- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Plans are being made to dig a culvert to divert water runoff away from a slow-moving landslide that has been plaguing a neighborhood since last spring, town officials said.

The goal is to prevent rain and melting snow from loosening up the landslide that has torn off part of one house and complicated access to dozens of other homes. The work would begin late this month or in early November and wrap up by Thanksgiving, Nelson Engineering’s Bob Norton told the Town Council at a meeting Monday.

“We’re trying to intercept the water that would come right into the slide area,” Norton said.

Movement of the landslide has slowed to no more than a couple inches per month. For a time in April, the ground was moving several feet per day. Town officials worried the hillside would collapse abruptly onto several businesses below.

Since then, temporary measures to shore up the ground appear to be working. But experts worry rain and snowmelt next spring could cause the slide to speed up again, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (https://bit.ly/1sho8gI).

Jackson officials are planning long-term measures to try to stabilize the ground, but they don’t expect to begin that work until next year.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, https://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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