Mudslide blocks South Ky. 11

Barbourville firefighters Shawn Smith (left), Jack Partin (right) and Matthew Strong (in back) wash the mud off the highway. PHOTO BY RACHEL PARTIN
Barbourville firefighters Shawn
Smith (left), Jack Partin (right) and Matthew Strong (in back) wash the mud off the highway. 
A small section of a ridge along Hwy 11 south of Barbourville broke away Sunday creating a mudslide that stopped just shy of the highway. PHOTO BY BOBBIE POYNTER
A small section of a ridge along Hwy 11 south of Barbourville
broke away Sunday creating a mudslide that stopped just shy of the highway. 

By Bobbie Poynter

Traffic was held up for a couple of hours hour Sunday on KY 11 South as the Barbourville Fire Department and the Kentucky Department of Transportation cleaned up what the DOT describes as a minor landslide.

The slide occurred Sunday morning about three miles outside of Barbourville. After DOT loaders and trucks finished hauling off the felled material, it took another two hours for Barbourville firefighters with a tanker and a pumper, as well as two more tankers from the Little Poplar Creek Fire Department to get the short stretch of road cleaned and ready for traffic.

Officials at the Kentucky Department of Transportation in Manchester say they will continue to monitor the site and facilitate repairs when and if needed. For now, they say the roadway is safe for throughway traffic.

According to Barbourville Fire Chief Doug Dozier, this is the second time in a couple of years there has been landslide in this same area.