Emergency management officials are watching a mudslide that occured on the backside of High Knob in Powell Valley on Tuesday afternoon. Wise County has seen mudslides before but none of this magnitude. Emergency officials estimate it measures 30 yards wide and 75 yards long, just shy of a football field.
Seven homes and the Lonesome Pine Golf Course reside nearby, and residents were in constant contact with emergency personnel. They now say the threat has subsided.
The Valley Fire Department, Wise County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Virginia State Police med-flight were all used in response to the mudslide.