LOTHAIR — A rockslide temporary closed Hank Street located in the community of Lothair last Wednesday. Luckily, city officials reported no one was injured during the rockslide.
Hazard Police Department (HPD) said they received calls around 8 p.m. on March 1 from citizens informing them of a possible rockslide on Hank Street. After confirming the reports, City Manager Grady Varney, along with other city officials, travelled to Hank Street to survey the damages of the rockslide.
Once they arrived at the scene, city officials said debris were still falling off the side of the mountain. City officials said since it was dark outside it created a low visibility.
After witnessing those two variables, city officials determined the safest course of action would be to wait until the morning for crews to begin removing the debris from the road.
The next morning, city officials said they documented the rockslide with photographs and videos. They did this so they could fill an application out for road emergency funds in order to pay for the cleanup cost.
Crews worked tirelessly to remove the debris on March 1.
City officials said the road was cleared of any debris shortly after. They urged motorists to use caution in the area while cleanup crews finish up.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.