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Heavy Rain Blamed For Landslides In Western NC

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A landslide closes one-lane of Cove Creek Road in Haywood County. A landslide closes one-lane of Cove Creek Road in Haywood County.
HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. -

Weekend rain led to landslides that closed a portion of a road in Haywood County and shut down another road in Madison County.

The N.C. Department of Transportation said the landslide briefly closed the road leading Cataloochee Valley entrance of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

Official say the landslide took out 75 feet of Cove Creek Road, which temporarily dampened campers' plans.

"We were surprised to find that the road was closed because there was no notice down below," said Nancy Little from Lenoir, N.C.

Officials don't yet know the exact cause for the landslide, but geologists with the DOT believe it could be due to the recent wet weather.

Crews have since reopened one-lane of Cove Creek Road.

DOT expects to have the roadway cleaned up and repaired by Friday.

In Madison County, a landslide shut down both lanes of Robert Hill Road in the Marshall community. The DOT says that roadway will be closed through May 6.

Forecasters are predicting more rain this week for the Carolinas.

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