WLOS: Landslide threat closes Vance Gap Road in Chunns Cove area


Vance Road, which winds up from Chunns Cove, has “at least four different landslides up on Vance Gap,” emergency personnel told WLOS reporter Sherrill Barber. In last night’s report (July 5), WLOS reported that about five homes were affected.

On Thursday, the city of Asheville released this statement about landslides in the Grove Park Inn and Sunset Road area, noting the Vance Gap problems and urging residents to call 250-6650 to report problems:

City crews respond to overnight weather event

City of Asheville Fire Department and Public Works crews responded overnight on Thursday to hazards brought about by the extended rain event that included downed trees, flooding and landslides.

A landslide at Vance Gap Road above Chunns Cove Road at approximately 9 p.m. Thursday night affected several surrounding residences. The Asheville Fire Department contacted at least a dozen homes in the affected area, including along Mountain Chateau, Apache Trail and Marbill Lane. AFD units worked closely with the NCDOT and American Red Cross in assisting and evacuating several of those residents.

At this time, Vance Gap Road remains closed from both Town Mountain and Chunns Cove.

City of Asheville Street Services crews worked through Thursday night responding to slides, floods and downed trees and closed several roads to traffic. On Friday, crews continue with cleanup at the following sites:

· Beaucatcher Road (near Helen’s Bridge)
· Sunset at Skyview
· College Street (at Town Mountain)
· Sunset Trail
· Overlook Circle
· Macon Avenue (at the Grove Park Inn)
· Woodland Avenue
· White Pine Drive
· Sunset View Drive

All areas are expected to be cleared by the end of the day Friday however these and other streets affected by the rain event may have traffic control measures or lane reductions. Drivers are urged to use caution and not cross barricades or attempt to drive through high water.

A National Weather Service flood advisory extends through Saturday morning. Additional Street Services crews are standing by to address any needed road closures or cleanup. Find more information at www.weather.gov.

To report water across roadways, please call (828) 250-6650.


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