Road grading may have caused Wyoming hill slide

By: The Associated Press
April 16, 2014 Updated: April 16, 2014 at 9:02 am

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A consultant says road grading projects may have contributed to a slow-moving landslide that has displaced nearly 60 residents and damaged homes and businesses in Jackson, Wyo.

The area around the slide has been the site of grading and construction over decades, including construction of a residential road and grading of a main highway.

Landslide Technology engineer George Machan tells city officials the hill did not start sliding by itself.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports ( ) the slide was discovered April 4 on a hill above a residential area and the ground is moving about an inch a day.

Officials say they don't believe there's any danger of a catastrophe.

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