Jackson slide briefly speeds up, then slows

2014-08-26T15:30:00Z 2014-09-03T10:37:03Z Jackson slide briefly speeds up, then slowsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 26, 2014 3:30 pm  • 

JACKSON, Wyo. — Jackson officials say a slow-motion landslide sped up briefly after wet weather but has slowed back down.

The slide moved about half an inch Friday, about 14 times more than the average daily shift.

Assistant Town Manager Roxanne Robinson said the movement had slowed by Monday.

The hillside collapsed in April, splitting one house in two and threatening other houses and businesses.

Crews slowed the slide by piling rock along the base.

Permanently stabilizing the hillside is expected to cost $7.5 million. The project would include building buttresses, removing earth from the top of the slide and digging out the slippery clay surface at its base and replacing it with rock.

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