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Logan families leave homes because of hill slide

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LOGAN, West Virginia -

People living in two homes in near downtown Logan are being asked to leave their homes as a precaution while an engineer assesses the cause of a hill slide.

The engineer will also be trying to determine any future danger at the property.

Jenny Messer and Virginia Stiltner were asleep in their home early Monday morning when they heard what they say sounded like a train crash. They also heard glass breaking.

The light of day revealed the magnitude of what happened. The hill behind their home had fell down onto their patio and pushed rocks and mud against the back of their house. Also above them, a house is dangling over the hill because the ground fell out from under part of the structure.

Logan City Code Officer Ray Perry said the families are being asked to stay somewhere else for now as a precaution. Especially since wet, cold weather is heading to the area.

"That is what they are worried about," explained resident Jenny Messer, "They are concerned about the rain loosening the rocks and weighing them down and bringing them on down."

The county and the local Department of Health and Human Resources is planning to help the family find a place to stay for a few days.