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More Rain Leads To Increased Landslide Threat

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More Rain is in the forecast and geologists are concerned that it could lead to more landslides. More Rain is in the forecast and geologists are concerned that it could lead to more landslides.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -

Dr. Briget Doyle has been studying landslides for 15 years, and she has learned from experience in the field that we’re not in the clear yet.

“I can tell you if it keeps raining like this, we are going to see more landslides,” said Dr. Briget Doyle  

Consistent rain this summer has triggered a rise in slides which has caused damaged to roads and property.

Geologists in western North Carolina estimate since January the region has experienced at least 100 landslides.

“We are trying to find ways to predict that, but it is difficult,” Doyle said.

Landslides are usually generated on steep terrain during heavy rainstorms, according Doyle.

But that doesn't mean every mountainside is going to collapse.

There are number of factors that boost the likelihood of land sliding, such as how much rain in a certain amount of time, the type of rock or soil, and the amount of vegetation alongside the slope.

Landslides can happen very quickly and with no warning.

“So it is something to be aware of,” says Doyle.  “If you see one of these things happening, don't stand around and look at it."

Geologists say landslides can happen with as little as two-five inches of rain in an hour.

Leave that up to geologists like Doyle, who hopes to one day have the technology to predict slides.

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