Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 10, 2014

Water line break pushes debris from Riverside Drive on Lake Drive residence

WELCH — Road slips and rockslides have wreaked havoc for area residents this year, particularly in McDowell County. Less than a week ago, another incident on Riverside Drive in Welch caused problems for travelers coming in and out of the city.

The slide occurred on Friday morning, April 4, according to Danny Barie, Welch city attorney.

“There’s a water line under Riverside Drive there and it broke,” Barie said. “We had to shut water service off to people living in that part of town, but we replaced the water line and got service restored by early that same afternoon. The water was off in that area for about six hours.”

Barie said that repairs to Riverside Drive will take a little while longer. “The Division of Highways crews have a bigger problem in the Panther area that has been keeping them pretty busy,” Barie said.

Barie said the water line break pushed debris including rocks and mud down on the Watson residence on Lake Drive.

“We’re working on the clean-up at the house now,” Barie said. “The debris fell on the addition they had built on the back of the residence and it suffered a lot of damage.”

Barie said that Riverside Drive has been closed since April 4, except to local traffic. Traffic coming in and out of town has been routed on the Welch Bypass.

The slide above Lake Drive is on the Coney Island side of Riverside Drive. DOH had been working on another slide closer to the Welch Post Office end of the same street starting in February.

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