Road in Hardin Co. remains closed following weekend landslide

Roads remain closed in Hardin Co. following flood, landslide

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - A part of Glendale Road will be permanently closed as crews continue to make repairs and assess the damage. The road will eventually have to be re-routed after a landslide destroyed two homes over the weekend.

Officials say the landslide happened on Saturday. It’s currently still moving slowly.

Nighttime video shared by the Hardin County Fire Department shows one of the homes sliding then it falls.

Hardin County landslide (Source: Hardin County Fire Department)
Hardin County landslide (Source: Hardin County Fire Department) (Source: WMC)

"They got their dogs and a few things and then couldn’t go back. Then the next morning their house is gone. That was really, really sad. I couldn’t imagine what it actually feels like,” said Leah Baker who lives on Glendale Road.

The Bakers live a few houses down. They know both homeowners who’ve lost their houses.

"I figured we were high enough and far back enough off the river that we would never have to worry about something like that,” said Ben Baker.

Today at 5:15 pm firefighters were called to 4870 Glendale road on a reported land slide along the TN river in the area known as chalk bluff. 2 houses were in danger of collapse , only one house was occupied and the homeowners were safely evacuated. About an hour later the vacant house collapsed down the steep bank. The highway department has closed that area of Glendale road. This is a short video of the collapse.

Posted by Hardin County Fire Department, Savannah Tennessee on Saturday, February 15, 2020

No other homes on Glendale have been evacuated. Officials say there’s no concern for safety at this point.

Officials say the Tennessee River crested on Saturday at about 18 feet above the flood stage. There have been no reports of injuries or deaths.

Just last year, the Tennessee River crested more than 25 feet above the flood stage.

"We get these about every 8-10 years, these types of floods, but the heavy rains and the soil here, I guess the last couple of years has had more than it could hold,” said fire chief Melvin Martin.

The good news is the water is also starting to recede. It could take one to two weeks before it gets below the flood stage.

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