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September 21, 2019

Landslide Closures

Landslides have impacted several recreation sites including the Ferebee Memorial Recreation Area on the Nantahala Ranger District. (USFS photo by Nate Dewhurst)

Franklin, NC – August 25, 2019 – Several landslides on the Nantahala Ranger District have temporarily closed US 19/74 and the Nantahala River in the Nantahala Gorge in Swain County.

Crews from the North Carolina Department of Transportation are clearing debris from US 19/74. Their operations are expected to continue into Tuesday. A detour has been established. Westbound vehicles will take NC 28 West to Steccoah then NC 143 South to Robbinsville then NC 129 South to Topton and US 19/74. Eastbound traffic goes in reverse. Follow @NCDOT_Westmtn on Twitter (twitter.com/NCDOT_Westmtn) for traffic updates.

All river rafting and kayaking operations on the Nantahala River have been temporarily suspended. Debris from the landslides has entered the river making passage extremely hazardous.

Visitors should avoid these areas to ensure their own safety and that of crews assessing and clearing debris. Follow the National Forests in North Carolina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nfsnc) or Twitter (twitter.com/NFsNCarolina) for updates and photos.

Post source : Nantahala Ranger District

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Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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