Jackson Hillside Continues to Shift
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say an unstable hillside has continued to move since it forced dozens from their homes last week in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson over the slim but persistent risk of a sudden landslide, but the shifting was not accelerating.
Geologists and others are watching the hill’s movement with the help of ground monitoring equipment. A geologist has put the risk of sudden collapse at just 5 percent. So far, only one unoccupied home, which is directly atop the slide zone, has sustained damage.
About 60 people haven’t stayed at their homes since Wednesday. Officials say the move was a precaution in the wake of Washington state’s deadly landslide and was also tied to damage of 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.