DOH crews spend hours cleaning up mudslide

DODDRIDGE COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Road crews in Doddridge County were busy for much of Friday cleaning up a messy rock and mudslide on Route 18.

Tree limbs, mud, and other debris came crashing down at around 4:00 a.m.

"It's freeze and thaw," said JB Heflin, Doddridge County Highway Administrator for the WVDOH. "This time of year -- just the nature of the beast."

There were slides in Monongalia County near the Wetzel County line. Road officials say this is a common time for slides and often times they just have to monitor them.

"You could get back to the shop and it keeps falling," Heflin said. "You just never know."

This one was at mile marker 24 outside of West Union. Road crews say it's a first priority route, therefore they had to get there quickly to clean it up. The road was closed in both directions.

"It happens quite often, quite frequently not necessarily every month or so," Heflin said.

Crews told 5 News the road would be closed for the majority of the day, and would likely open back up late in the afternoon.