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Madison Creek, WV community considering buyout option

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Back on April 4, 2014 the WV Department of Highways closed Madison Creek Road once again due to ongoing problems on the roadway. Back on April 4, 2014 the WV Department of Highways closed Madison Creek Road once again due to ongoing problems on the roadway.
LOGAN COUNTY, WV -

People living along Madison Creek in Logan County, WV will soon learn what the state is willing to pay for their homes and property.

First a landslide stranded them in their neighborhood for several days. Then blasting for construction of a 4 lane highway rocked their homes. They are being offered a voluntary buyout. Some people who live in the community say they feel like there is no other option. "I mean I don't want to go anywhere I have been over here all my life," said Larry Gibson. He lives at the end of the road.

Gibson recorded home video showing large rocks tearing down his fence and landing in his back yard during blasting in March.Linda Wilson said work is now going on within feet of her daughter's back porch, even though her daughter has not agreed to sell.

"Either you are afraid the mountain is coming in or the water is going to flood you out," Wilson said.

Wilson, Gibson and other neighbors met at a nearby church last week to hear from state officials about the voluntary buyout. Carrie Bly, a spokesperson for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, said because the property is not necessary for the project the state cannot exercise eminent domain. She said no one can or will be forced to sell.

"We hear they are going to do, this do then don't hear anything for a time," Gibson said. "We are sort of in limbo."

At the meeting community members learned that an appraisal team will be in the neighborhood soon to determine the fair market value of their homes and property. Bly said that process will take 45 days.

After that she said an additional two to three weeks will be needed to review the appraisals.That leaves Wilson, Gibson and many other to make a difficult decision.

"It is almost like you are forced to leave and take whatever they give you or stay here and endure the hardships," Wilson said.
Bly said offers should be on the table for property owners to consider by August.