Yeager Airport to begin remediation on collapsed hillside

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Repairs are set to begin on the

Yeager Airport

landslide. An engineering firm hired by airport authorities is expected to release a remediation plan this week to fix the partially collapsed hillside.

Debby Harrah visits the site of the Yeager landslide once a week. It’s been three months since the partial hillside collapse and the debris still stands.

“When it’s all over and they’ve finished what they are going to do, then it’ll feel better,” said Harrah.

The long-waited remediation work is finally scheduled to begin in July. Engineers are expected to reveal their initial plan this week. About one quarter of the fill material collapsed back in March, meaning crews still have to remove the remaining EMAS.

“The part that slipped was in the steepest part, all of it wasn’t built on the same level or the same angle, but there is still quite a bit of material that’s up there,” said Mike Plante, a public information officer for 

Yeager Airport

.

The project is expected to take one year. Once the material removed and the base stabilized, engineers will begin rebuilding.

“I think everybody is looking forward to getting this place of the stage underway so we can actually doing something to the hillside,” said Plante.

In the past few weeks, the airport has worked to build a sediment dam and create a holding pond. Many families have also settled with the airport, but others like Harrah are still waiting for offers.

“Our community…not only was it split in half, it’s being disseminated but I won’t be able to see those people,” said Harrah.

Regardless if they stay or go, families along

Keystone Drive

say they want to see normalcy returned to this place they call home. 

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