Into the bluff
by The Cadiz Record
Feb 13, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thursday brought an unwelcome surprise to workers for the City of Cadiz and Trigg County. A section of land along Icehouse Road slid off the bluff behind Downtown Cadiz.

Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler said that part of the hill behind Impressions Hair Salon fell into the ravine late in the day on February 6. He estimated the section of the hill, built with landfill measured 20 feet wide, by seven feet long. He added that the landslide pulled a fire hydrant loose from a water main and caused an electrical pole to lean.

“No cars fell of with the ground,” said Fowler. “Right now, the city and county are working together to refill the hill. We’ll pave over it and cars will be able to park there again. I don’t know when that will be, but it will happen.”

Fowler said that the section of land is owned by Trigg County and serves as a municipal parking lot. He called the landslide a “serious” situation.

“When the area is stabilized, we’ll be able to put the hydrant back in,” said Fowler. He added that Pennyrile Electric would also wait for city and county workers to repair the hole before determining if repair or replacement would be needed for the pole.

According to Fowler, County Road Supervisor surveyed the area along the bluff to assess the current situation and potential for future erosion to determine the next course of action.

Trigg County augmented the city’s dump truck fleet with their own to provide several loads of soil to fill the hole. Fowler said that the dirt came from Federal Materials.

Judge/Executive Stan Humphries was out of his office on county business at the end of last week and Monday and was unable to comment to The Cadiz Record about the extent of the damage or costs of repairs.
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