Wyoming Town Residents Ordered To Evacuate Over Landslide Threat

JACKSON, Wyo. (CBS Seattle/AP) — Residents of a hillside in Jackson, Wyo., have been ordered to evacuate due to landslide concerns.

The evacuation of Budge Drive was ordered Wednesday evening after Jackson officials worry that unstable earth on East Gros Ventre Butte could threaten nearby buildings and residents.

Visible cracks have formed in the hillside above the cliff and a store. The fissures on the butte are the latest in a series of developments that suggest underground movement has increased in recent days.

The American Red Cross of Wyoming is working with Teton County Emergency Management to help evacuated residents.

“Teton County Red Cross Volunteers are ready and available to help their community,” Traci Aguilar, disaster program specialist with the American Red Cross of Wyoming, said in a statement.

Town Manager Bob McLaurin says the town is bringing in a landslide expert. Officials are also consulting with a state geologist.
According to The Jackson Hole News & Guide, ground movement over the weekend caused water pipes to break at the town’s pump station.

The town has been tracking geological activity on the butte for months, but movement appears to have increased.

Government agencies now have a plan on how to deal with any emergency.

The evacuation comes on the heels of last month’s deadly mudslide in Oso, Wash. The March 22 mudslide has left at least 36 dead. Ten others remain missing.

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