Road closed after second mudslide hits Ohio County, Ind. area

DILLSBORO, Ind. -- Crews closed Indiana State Road 262 Tuesday afternoon after a second mudslide hit the area within a few days.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) set up barricades to block Huseman Road in Ohio County, so no motorists can travel on State Road 262.

Tuesday's slide took elevation down 18 inches, and buried the road's guardrail, Harry Maginity of INDOT said. He believes heavy rain and flooding caused the slides, and a third slide is possible.

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He said crews are keeping their eyes on that location, located between S.R. 262, three miles south of U.S. 50 in Dearborn County, and S.R. 262 at Huseman Road in Ohio County.

As an alternate route, motorists can take U.S. 50 via S.R. 56.

"Soil sailing," Maginity said, will used to stabilize the slopes. INDOT expects to begin work in two to three weeks, when crews will shoot 20-foot steel shafts into the embankment, which will "nail" the soil. Once soil is secured, pavement repairs will start.

Maginity was unsure when S.R. 262 would reopen.

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