Western North Carolina experienced two significant landslides in last week’s deluge of rainfall over a three day period. From January 15th thru the 17th, the Bryson City & Cherokee areas got approximately 11 inches of rain. Yep, that’s a flood! Two major landslides occurred, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Hwy 441, on the NC side of Newfound Gap, and on the Cherohala Skyway near the TN/NC border.
The Cherohala Skyway landslide took out one lane, (it slid down the mountain), and construction crews are building a temporary detour at the site to allow traffic through. Proposed timeframe to reopen that section is by January 28th, 2013. For more about the Cherohala landslide, see the article in the Graham Star.
The landslide in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is going to take a lot longer to fix! See a video about the slide here. Hwy 441 into GSMNP has reopened to Newfound Gap on the Tennessee side, and to Smokemont on the North Carolina side. The road is not open all the way through. To travel to Gatlinburg or Cherokee from the opposite sides of 441, take I-40 E/W. Check traffic conditions in the Park before you drive here.
Want to talk to a live person? Call Yellow Rose at 828-488-2797 about the roads before you head out, we’d be glad to share what we know.