Mudslide buries Hwy 9 in Henderson Co.

HENDERSON Co., NC (WSPA) -- Highway 9 is blocked following a mudslide Tuesday morning in Henderson County. 

The N.C. Department of Transportation says the highway is closed near US-74A in Bat Cave. 

As of 9:30 a.m., Highway 9 is buried in dirt and trees.

DOT officials tell 7News the side of the mountain slid 600 to 800 feet.

The slide is currently unstable and could continue to slide, bringing danger from falling trees and rocks.

A contractor will oversee the operation, which will have to be cleared from the top down.

DOT says it could take a few months to clean up the mudslide.

Several hundred feet of land could still move. 

DOT says the slide is at least 600 feet tall and 300 feet wide. 

Homeowners in the area have been notified. 

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