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Southeast Ohio sees increase in landslides affecting roads

(WTAP)
Published: Apr. 26, 2018 at 7:42 PM EDT
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So much rain has fallen this spring that landslides continue to happen across the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Southeast Ohio, which has been hit especially hard, has a handful of full road closures, as well as over a dozen partial road closures in Southeast Ohio.

Of the 60 landslides currently affecting Ohio's roads, 13 of them are in Washington County.

ODOT estimates that landslide repairs statewide this year will cost around $70 million.

Ashley Rittenhouse from ODOT talks about the situation in Southeast Ohio:

“This is definitely out of the ordinary for us to see this many landslides of this magnitude where we are going to have some pretty significant repairs to do. In 2004, we had Hurricane Ivan, we had significant flooding in our area, we also had some major landslide issues but this really even tops that.”

Ohio Govenor John Kasich declared a state of emergency in Southeast Ohio because of what's happened, which frees up federal money to fund some repairs.