JACKSON, Wyo. — Officials in the resort town of Jackson are exploring alternatives for access and possible emergency stabilization efforts for unstable hillside that continues to shift, while business leaders are trying to reassure the public that most of the businesses in town are still open.
Incident spokeswoman Charlotte Reynolds said the city will lay out plans at a news conference on Monday.
About 60 people have been forced from their homes since Wednesday as a precaution and because of damage to the only access road. The unstable hillside is about the size of two football fields and is along a main artery outside the historic downtown area.
The Red Cross is providing 18 hotel rooms for displaced landslide residents and is opening a shelter at the Teton County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce president Jeff Golightly praised public officials and emergency crews who have been working to ensure the safety of local residents, but he said most businesses are not in any danger from the sliding ground.
"We're concerned about our affected member businesses but would like to stress that it is a very isolated area. Jackson Hole is open for business," Golightly said.
Chamber Board Chair Scott Anderson said the community is working together to ensure there is minimal impact.
"We offer our support to the few businesses and residents who are enduring incredible inconvenience and hardship," he said.
Business leaders say they continue to hire seasonal workers and prepare to host thousands of visitors who spend summertime in the valley.