Engineers build wall to slop sliding butte

By: AP
By: AP

Jackson, WY (AP) - Workers in Jackson are building a massive wall officials hope will temporarily stop a landslide that is slowly moving down a hillside.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports crews used backhoes and excavators on Wednesday to build concrete barriers as high as 10 feet along a road.

Geologists say road-grading projects over decades may have contributed to a slow-moving landslide that has displaced residents of four homes and two small apartment buildings and cut off road access to dozens of other homes.

The ground has cracked and is slipping at a rate of about an inch a day. At the foot of the slide, the earth is bulging upward and buckling the pavement in a pharmacy parking lot. Officials say there is little chance of a catastrophe.

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