A Maggie Valley man alerted Haywood County officials this week of a landslide posing a risk to his home in Smoky Mountain Estates in Maggie Valley.
Marc Pruett, soil and erosion control director for Haywood County, visited the site of the slide on Walt Moody’s property on Tuesday. Pruett reported that “the failure comes up within about three feet of the back edge of the house. It’s not good.”
Moody estimated that the slopes above and below his house are between 45 and 50 degrees.
The cause of the slide has not been determined. Moody said that in recent weeks, rains have appeared to soften the ground around his property.
“I think this started with that rain in January,” Moody said. “I’ve never seen the ground that way. We’re leaving footprints and footprints are filling with water immediately. (It’s) like walking on a sponge.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, Moody had not decided whether he would take steps toward remediation of the slope.
Moody said recent landslides in the area have brought public attention to the challenges of building in the mountains.
“I believe we’re going to see a significant change in the way construction is managed in the mountains of Western North Carolina,” he said.