Imagine living in an old mining town with only one road in and out (no through roads).
Now how would you feel when a tremendous land slide blocks the road and you have no way in or out of town. It happened in Elk City Idaho last week. A hand full of locals are using their snow machines to ferry mail and medicines on old Forest Service roads. The local stores are quickly running out of food. My mining claims (now sold) were located on the Elk City side of this slide. This is not the first time a slide has happend at this location. The last one was about 4 years ago but this one is three times the size. I think the Idaho Department of Transportation should get together with the Forest Service for an easement to place a bridge across the South Fork Clearwater River before and after this slide area. An IDT road crew was on site clearing a few small rocks off the road and one crew member was filming the upslope area when suddenly all hell broke loose. A Facebook page has been established and you can view pics and the video HERE
This photo shows the slow progress of cleaning up, one week later. I can see dynamite being used to reduce the size of some of those larger boulders.