Officials on Wednesday evening closed North 89th Street in Caseyville between Harvey Lane and Garden Avenue because of a mudslide and gas leak.
French Village Assistant Fire Chief Al LaPointe said there has been construction in the area for about a year. With this week’s rainfall, there was a mudslide that severed a gas line to one house and undermined the foundation of another, reportedly vacant house.
“Hopefully, (the mudslide) doesn’t come down to the roadway,” LaPointe said. “We did check the neighboring houses, and there were no readings of gas inside, so it did not migrate through the ground.”
He said the unoccupied house will be condemned due to the damage done by the mud to the structure’s foundation. The house with the cut gas line was temporarily evacuated.
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Illinois utility workers were at the scene Wednesday working, LaPointe said. While they were unable to locate and shut off the gas system at the affected house because of the mud, they were able to shut the gas off at a neighboring house.
“(The road) will be shut down indefinitely until things happen,” LaPointe said “It’s going to be a while because I don’t know how long it is going to take to dry out.”
He said the road would likely be closed for at least a week, if not more.
LaPointe added that the area is right on the Caseyville and Fairview Heights city border. The two houses affected by the mudslide were in Caseyville and a house directly behind those two, which may be affected in the coming days, is in Fairview Heights.
“Additional rain surely won’t help. That will contribute to any additional damage that could possibly happen,” LaPointe said.