AVERY COUNTY, N.C. -- Crews are working to maintain the site of a major mudslide in Avery County Tuesday.
Dispatchers say the Elk Park Highway, NC 194, is closed from Blevins Creek Road to the intersection of U.S. 19-E.
The mudslide is 250 feet in length and about 75 to 80 feet deep, consuming three lanes of traffic. Authorities say pieces are still falling from it.
Crews are still working to determine how they will go about repairing the roadway.
In terms of cost, at this point it's unclear, but the work will likely have to be contracted out because4 it's just too big of an undertaking for the maintenance department due to other flood damage repair projects in progress across the county.
All heavy traffic has to take a detour from the highway to Three Mile Highway, then back to 221.
All normal passenger cars are allowed to take Blevins Creek Road, but authorities caution there is flood damage along the road, as well.