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Jackson County Planning Board Landslide Hazard Mapping Update 4-14-11 Final

Jackson County Planning Board Landslide Hazard Mapping Update 4-14-11 Final

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Jackson County, NC Landslides "Not Surprising"
Jackson County, NC Landslides "Not Surprising"

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NCGS 04/13/2011 Page 1
Landslide Hazard Mapping UpdateJackson County Planning BoardApril 14, 2011
Overview of work completed from 2/22/201 through 4/8/2011.
NCGS staff briefedPlanning Board on 2/8/11. Field work began on 2/22/2011 and initially concentrated onsites indentified by Robby Shelton. Field crews are now conducting routine mapping atvarious locations in the county several days a week.
Mapping Summary
Total Number of landslides documented in field: 40Accompanied by Robby Shelton: 19Field Crews Only: 21Landslides on unmodified slopes 15Landslides on modified slopes 25Total field data collection locations: 231
Major issues.
No major issues with work progress have been identified to date. Given theextent of steep slopes in the County, the number of slope movements and slope movementdeposits identified to date is not surprising.
Things anticipated/not anticipated.
An embankment failure/debris flow associated withacid-producing rock at the Mountain Heritage development is not unlike similar occurrenceswith acid-producing rock in Macon, Haywood and Swain Counties. As hoped, field crewshave been able to confirm debris flow sites on the ground that were identified from 1953aerial photography.
Information or assistance needed from Planning Board.
Cooperation and interest fromCounty staff, especially Gerald Green, Robby Shelton and Kevin Jamison has greatlyfacilitated the project. Field guidance and historical information on landslides provided byRobby Shelton has been a great help in expediting the mapping and data collection. Thanksto Kevin Jamison who provided the new 2010 ortho-imagery on 4/11/2011. Identificationof any areas of concern within the County will help prioritize sites for field visits.
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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Notes on Selected Sites Investigated to DateActive, Slow-Moving LandslidesSutton Road weathered-rock slide:
Past slide movement affected outbuilding and driveway onupper slope. Continued movement could potentially affect homes at the toe of the slope.
Figure 1.
Preliminary map showing the outline of the slow-moving landslide in weathered rock. Theshaded area indicates the approximate outline of the slide as of April 2011. Blue dot is a mappingreference location near the upslope extent of the slide. 2010 orthophotograph map base.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ramp Cove Debris Slide:
Slide reactivated in 2007 after excavation in toe of older, dormantslide that had developed in a pre-existing debris deposit. A home site under construction wasabandoned after slide movement covered part of the foundation excavation for a new house.Residences below toe of active slide currently not affected by slide activity.
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Figure 2.
Preliminary map showing a landslide developed in pre-existing debris deposits in Ramp Cove.The shaded area shows the approximate extent of the active slide as of March 2011. Ground rupturelines outside of the shaded area show the approximate locations of inactive scarps indicating thepresence of a feature interpreted as an older, now dormant, debris slide also within pre-existing debrisdeposits. Yellow dots are mapping reference locations near the upslope extents of the slides. 2010orthophotograph map base.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Green Gables Development:
Cut slope failure in debris deposit affecting property, but notimmediately threatening residence.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tuckaway - U.S.281 Debris Slide:
Cracks observed in embankment of recent NCDOT roadrepair. Active slide mass below the highway appears to extend downslope to shoreline of BearLake. Slide movement appears to be affecting a vacation home.

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