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Highway 117 in DeKalb County reopened after mud, debris washed over road

The road has been reopened.

Posted: Feb 6, 2020 5:45 AM
Updated: Feb 6, 2020 11:59 AM

Update: The Alabama Department of Transportation says it technically didn’t appear to be a slide, just mud and debris that got washed over the road.

The road has been reopened.

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Original story:

Highway 117 between Valley Head and Mentone in DeKalb County is down to one lane after reports of a mudslide Thursday morning.

Officials with the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency said Highway 117 is the only way to get to Desoto Falls in Desoto State Park.

Fire crews blew the mud off the road so they could open one lane. Crews are now waiting for the Alabama Department of Transportation to arrive to push the leaves and water off the remaining lane.

A spokesperson with the Alabama Department of Transportation said a mudslide left debris in the southbound lane. Crews should arrive within a couple hours to clean up and open the roadway. 

They say mudslides happen occasionally on Lookout Mountain during heavy rain. 

Officials told us several trees are down blocking the road on AL-75 and in Collinsville. Right now, they say water is covering several roads and some secondary roads are underwater.

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