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Crews arrive to begin repairs on huge road slip in Clay County

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Work begins Friday morning to repair a huge road slip in our region.

Contractors arrived to fix the problem on Cressmont Road in Clay County on Thursday. 

Those workers said this particular slip is one of the worst they have seen.  "What we're looking at is only about 100 foot, but it's a pretty catastrophic failure," said Superintendent John Carmack of Geo Stabilization International, based out of Colorado. 

The road was brought down to one lane earlier in the week, and the ditch filled with gravel so emergency crews and school buses could get by.

This isn't the first time 13NEWS has brought you to this stretch of road in Clay County. 

Last May, we took you to Dundon Road, which is only a few miles from the new slip.  This one was larger than the slip on Cressmont, but had many of the same characteristics.  That stretch has since been repaired. 

Officials say the slip on Cressmont is on its way.  "Mother Nature takes her course, but it looks like there could have been some things done to resolve this situation," said Carmack. 

A spokesman from the Division of Highways in Clay County said they are working as fast as possible to get the road fixed.

Some Clay residents are not convinced.  "No, I don't feel safe, not here," said Leonard McGlothlin of Clay.  "One thing, you got the big rocks up here, and you got the slip here, and the roads in bad shape in two or three other places," said Leonard McGlothlin of Clay.

The road started falling days ago.  "And it just took off, so, it's nothing unnormal [sic] in West Virginia," said Clark Samples of the Clay Division of Highways. 

People who live in the area said a narrow road like this one needs to be maintained at all times.  McGlothlin said, "I really don't know what to say about it, but it does need to be fixed."

Samples has assured 13NEWS that in the meantime, the road is safe for drivers.

The work to begin fixing this slip begins Friday morning.

Crews say it could take up to two weeks for the road to be back to two lanes.