Heavy rains caused landslides last year in Western North Carolina, destroying homes near Town Mountain Road and in the Beaverdam and Grove Park-Sunset Mountain neighborhoods. But in 2008, the region experienced the longest drought period ever recorded in the area.
The intersection of Cherokee Road and Sunset Drive in north Asheville is once again open to cars after it was closed for six months due to the reconstruction of a retaining wall.
It was a relatively short meeting for Asheville City Council tonight, but they managed to consider issues ranging from the role of rising rents in homelessness to landslides to a different location for Brewgrass.
Friday night, Tammy Jones was trapped in the basement of her home after a 90-foot-wide mudslide tore down 3,000 feet of mountainside land on Rich Cove Road in Maggie Valley. Jones was rescued, and no other residents were injured, but about 40 people have been evacuated because the danger for more slides remains, say state geologists.
Every year, at least one damaging landslide occurs in Western North Carolina. Nikki Donin knows that statistic up close and personal