By Jim Stanford on May 23, 2011
Crews have begun working 24 hours a day to clear the mudslide blocking Highway 26/89 in the Snake River Canyon.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation has hired Yellow Iron Excavating of Wilson to remove debris. The slide, dubbed the Double Draw Slide, has blocked the highway since May 14.
“The slide did things that are very encouraging for us [Saturday],” said John Eddins, WyDOT district engineer. “Water flow in the middle of the slide has increased, which has moved a lot of debris down to the road.”
The agency had been waiting for as much of the unstable land mass as possible to reach the road or ooze below toward the Snake River. WyDOT officials also were encouraged that the top of the slide appears to be stabilizing, with no movement for two days, Eddins said.
WyDOT held public meetings in Jackson and Alpine over the weekend. While the agency received an ovation in Jackson for its efforts, the Alpine meeting was heated at times, as residents vented frustration, perhaps irrationally.
Gov. Matt Mead will visit the site today.
(Photo via Teton County)