Community reopens road at Big Splint


By Owen Wells - [email protected]



Photo | Owen Wells | WDN The March 5, 2015 landslide at Big Splint Hollow at Nolan, W.Va. forced a the mitigation project pictured above. The temporary road which has been closed by community residents can be seen at the top of the photo.


By Owen Wells

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NOLAN – During severe weather experienced throughout the region earlier this year, a landslide ripped through Big Splint Hollow at Nolan, W.Va.

In the late hours of March 5, 2015, a chunk of hillside reportedly as wide as three football fields covered the valley of Big Splint Hollow in around 20 feet of mud.

The Williamson Daily News reported at the time the slide affected around 50 people living in 20 homes in the area; however, no injuries were reported.

The slide damaged three homes. One home was reportedly found pushed over a hillside and two others were moved off of their foundations.

The slide also dammed the community drainage system and water began backing up causing potential for flooding.

Eventually emergency pumps were installed and a new drainage channel was dug to alleviate the water backup.

After the slide, the West Virginia Department of Transportation opened a temporary roadway. The original road has yet to be replaced by the Department of Transportation.

Residents, however, say the temporary road caused damage to their vehicles.

Donald Elkins, a homeowner at Big Splint Hollow, explained the temporary road, “… had big rocks that tore the cars to pieces and busted several tires on our cars.”

Elkins also explained school buses are now unable to get into the hollow and students have to be driven to the head of the hollow to catch the bus.

In late October, local residents reportedly cleared and reopened the road that had been affected by the slide.

Members of the Big Splint Hollow community reportedly banded together and agreed to move a shed and clear a makeshift dirt road. The community also closed the temporary roadway.

“It’s not the best, but it’s better than what we had,” added Elkins.

A representative from the West Virginia Department of Transportation stated the project to replace the original road has not yet been put out for bids, but there are plans to bring to the project into the bidding phase.

(Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2278 or by email at [email protected].)

Photo | Owen Wells | WDN The March 5, 2015 landslide at Big Splint Hollow at Nolan, W.Va. forced a the mitigation project pictured above. The temporary road which has been closed by community residents can be seen at the top of the photo.
http://williamsondailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_4525-CMYK1.jpgPhoto | Owen Wells | WDN The March 5, 2015 landslide at Big Splint Hollow at Nolan, W.Va. forced a the mitigation project pictured above. The temporary road which has been closed by community residents can be seen at the top of the photo.

By Owen Wells

[email protected]

(Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2278 or by email at [email protected].)

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