A section of Route 30 in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been destroyed by a landslide, and the road could remain closed for several months. An apartment building down-slope has also been destroyed, although all residents were evacuated and there were no reported injuries. There had already been several landslides since mid-February in the Pittsburgh area as temperatures increase and above-average rainfall has occurred in March.
Pennsylvania DOT has a contractor on board to begin clearing the slide, and geotechnical engineers have already been performing an investigation to attempt to find the cause of the slide and design a solution. Funding will likely come from FEMA as well as state and local sources. A series of videos can be found on the website of WTAE, and the video below from the local CBS affiliate provides a good overview of recent activities.
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