How flooding can create slips on roads

Published: Feb. 13, 2020 at 5:10 PM EST
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With the flooding expected to continue across the Mid-Ohio Valley over the next couple of days, road crews will be busy fixing the streets for travel.

District 3 of the West Virginia Division of Highways covers seven counties in the area, and in those counties, they have reported 450 land and road slips.

Currently, they have sent crews out to fix 41 of those slips, and with the rainfall ending, crews will be sent out to fix more slips.

"Over the last couple of years, in particular, we've had more rainfall than normal," said Justin Smith, District 3 Engineer of the West Virginia Division of Highways. "Whenever the soil around here gets saturated, water is a very heavy element, and once that ground becomes saturated the gravity will pull the Earth down either on to the roadway, or the roadway will slip out."

Bus routes, emergency routes, and other busy roads will have priority to get slips fixed up more so than back roads.