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Mudslide Damage

Updated: Thursday, January 17 2013, 07:18 AM EST

The rain has stopped, but the aftermath continues to be a big problem. Many counties in the mountains are dealing with mudslides. Swain and Jackson counties are among the hardest hit. The biggest mudslide has blocked traffic on Highway 441 through the Great Smokies. 200 feet of road washed away.


The Cherokee Nation says they could be feeling the impact for months to come. Highway 441 is a lifeline for Cherokee and folks there are afraid it might not be fixed before the start of tourist season. Chief Michelle Hicks says he'll work with state and local officials to get it fixed.


A mudslide took out part of a mountain in Dillsboro. No houses in the Mountain Heritage Estates development were damaged. Emergency management director, Todd Dillard, says it will be up to the homeowners to pay for cleanup. Dillard also says now that the rain has stopped, his crews are preparing to deal snow.


Jackson County Emergency Officials are preparing for possible power outages Thursday. They say heavy wet snow could bring a number of trees and power lines down.


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Mudslide Damage


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