Mudslide forces business evacuations


(Nathan Ham|Jefferson Post) A mid-day mudslide, which happened sometime before 1 p.m., threatened a number of businesses - including Joy of Vaping, Renegade Graphics and Village Florist - in Jefferson on Jan. 17, 2017.


(Nathan Ham|Jefferson Post) Jefferson Post Advertising Representative Kyle Denny, who was speaking with Renegade Graphics Owner Mark Baldwin at the time of the incident, said the pair heard a boom and then the lights flickered inside the store. “We didn’t actually know anything had happened until a Jefferson Police Officer came inside and told us we were going to have to step outside,” Denny said.


JEFFERSON — A mudslide Tuesday afternoon forced customers and employees to evacuate a handful of businesses in the shopping center next to Tractor Supply.

Village Florist, Renegade Graphics, Joy of Vaping, Quality Hair Care and When Pigs Fly BBQ & Wings were all affected by the mudslide that sent tree limbs, rocks and mud into the back of the buildings.

A power line pole was also in the middle of the damage, causing the loss of power to the establishments and adding another hazard for those that ventured out behind their buildings to see what happened.

Crews were still working as of 3 p.m. to repair the downed line and figure out how to stabilize the bank.

The Jefferson Post will update this story as more details become available.

(Nathan Ham|Jefferson Post) A mid-day mudslide, which happened sometime before 1 p.m., threatened a number of businesses – including Joy of Vaping, Renegade Graphics and Village Florist – in Jefferson on Jan. 17, 2017.
http://www.jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_Mudslide-1.jpg(Nathan Ham|Jefferson Post) A mid-day mudslide, which happened sometime before 1 p.m., threatened a number of businesses – including Joy of Vaping, Renegade Graphics and Village Florist – in Jefferson on Jan. 17, 2017.

(Nathan Ham|Jefferson Post) Jefferson Post Advertising Representative Kyle Denny, who was speaking with Renegade Graphics Owner Mark Baldwin at the time of the incident, said the pair heard a boom and then the lights flickered inside the store. “We didn’t actually know anything had happened until a Jefferson Police Officer came inside and told us we were going to have to step outside,” Denny said.
http://www.jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_Mudslide-2.jpg(Nathan Ham|Jefferson Post) Jefferson Post Advertising Representative Kyle Denny, who was speaking with Renegade Graphics Owner Mark Baldwin at the time of the incident, said the pair heard a boom and then the lights flickered inside the store. “We didn’t actually know anything had happened until a Jefferson Police Officer came inside and told us we were going to have to step outside,” Denny said.
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