- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation says a section of U.S. 176 in Polk County is closed because of rocks and mud that continued to slide onto the highway from a hillside above it.

A statement from NCDOT on Tuesday said maintenance crews twice cleared off earlier slides, but engineers determined that for safety reasons, the closure should continue until at least Friday because of more rain and the possibility of more debris coming onto the road.

No homes are cut off, with residents north of the slide having access to Saluda and those to the south can get to Tryon.

Once the rain subsides and the area dries out, NCDOT engineers will reassess the hillside and see what repairs are needed to prevent more debris slides.

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