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UPDATE: WV DOT releases plan for helping stranded residents of Madison Creek Road in Logan County

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UPDATE:

The West Virginia Department of Transportation announced a plan to help residents of Madison Creek Road in Logan County, WV.

Many residents were stranded when Madison Creek Road suffered damage from a slip in the road.

Brent Walker, with the WV DOT, said in an email that crews are working on the unstable hillside.  Once the hill has stabilized, the DOH will compact the mud and debris in order to build a temporary road on top of the current one.  According to the email, crews hope to have the road open by Christmas.

In his email, Walker also says that the DOT is working with the Federal Highway Administration to building a causeway across the Guyandotte River.  When the causeway is completed Madison Creek Road will be closed.

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UPDATE:

According to Chuck Runyon, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation, there is 110 people living in the area, and that 38 of them are participating in the voluntary evacuation.

Runyon says that contractors believe it will take three weeks to get vehicles in and out of the affected area.

According to Runyon, the WV Department of Highways and other state agencies are getting hotel rooms for those who need them, and are also providing transportation for them if they have to get to work.

The American Red Cross was on the scene throughout the day.

The Man Volunteer Fire Department is collecting water and other supplies for the people choosing to stay in their homes

Firefighters told 13 News they planned to go door to door to see if people staying behind need anything at all.

Firefighters were able to access the area by ATV only.

There was a community meeting Wednesday, Dec. 11, with people in the community, as well as emergency officials and officials working on the construction project.

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ORIGINAL:

There has been an additional slip along Madison Creek in Logan County, WV.

Residents are now being offered the opportunity to leave. The West Virginia Division of Highways is working with the Logan Emergency Ambulance Authority to use a watercraft to get people out who are stranded by the slide.

Plans are being made now for temporary living and travel arrangements for the families.

The Logan County Sheriff's Department will provide security for people's homes if they chose to evacuate.

The road will be closed until further notice.

Residents who need assistance are asked to call the Logan Emergency Ambulance Service Authority 304-752-7662.