Mudslide cleanup in Middleburgh continues

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Updated: 6/17/2013 8:40 pm

MIDDLEBURGH, N.Y. - State Police say a mudslide occurred early Sunday on Huntersland Road in Middleburgh, closing the road and giving the flood-stricken town another setback.

The mudslide occurred at approximately 12 a.m. Sunday, pouring debris down into the street below. Crews worked to fix the issue as quickly as possible. Police said the nearest detour is a 30 mile distance from the access road, making it difficult for emergency vehicles to respond.

Crews returned to the scene on Monday to reassess the area and safety factor.

"When we returned this morning there was about another couple dozen trees that slide down the slope and the mud was deeper across the road. About 18 inches deep," said the Schoharie County Commissioner of Public Works Dan Crandell. "The trees leaning on trees that have slid down the slope here. You can't tell when the earth's going to give way or more trees are going to slide."

Workers removed mud and debris from the road, but as they did, more mud came sliding down. Repairs could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions according to officials.

"We'll the main concern right now is trying to get this stable. As you can see there is still water pouring out of the side here. It really needs some time to dry out," said James Buzon, Middleburgh Town Supervisor.

"We may have to add some additional storm drainage to control the water but at this point other than clean up in as safe manner as possible, that's really all we can do right now," said Crandell.

Huntersland Road was expected to be reopened Tuesday or Wednesday, but with the rain delaying work it could be even longer before the main road is safe for traffic.

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