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INDEX RESIDENTS SET UP FUNDING PAGE TO HELP WITH LANDSLIDE CLEANUP
February 24, 2014
Slide area at Mt. Index. Photo courtesy Arthur Testov Mt. Index Riversites page.
This story originally ran in the Chronicle's Breaking News column on Sun. Feb 23, 2014.
(INDEX, WA) -- In mid January some residents of the Mt. Index Riversites area were hit hard when, after four weeks of pounding rain the earth began to slide.
Down came tons of mud, rocks, gravel, trees, old dead logs and wild shrubs. For a time the slide blocked a portion of the Mt. Index River Road, a private road which residents need to get in and out of their community.
Clean up efforts got underway but now there's a snag. Money.
Local, state and federal governments are unable to help with financing the cleanup because the Mt. Index River Road is a private road that is owned and maintained by the community.
Crews have worked long and hard to keep the road clear, but the community's own funds have run out and they can no longer pay the workers.
As a result many in the community are unable to make it to work or to the store, and emergency vehicles are unable to reach them. A perilous footpath is their only means of reaching the outside world.
Kris Moulaison, a property owner at Mt. Index Riversites tells the Sky Valley Chronicle, "We have started a go fund me page to raise money for the community to fix the road. The community members would be so grateful if you could share that information with the public."
And so it is that readers will find that gofundme page by clicking here .
All donated funds will go directly to the community and will be used to fix the road.
A statement by the community placed on the gofundme site says the homes of three residents sit in the direct path of the slide "and will be swept down the hill and into the river without proper intervention."
Early assessments of the damage estimated a cost of several hundred thousand dollars to repair the road.
"The community is raising what it can, but this is not a wealthy group of people and it is beyond their scope to raise this amount on their own," said the statement.
The aerial video of the slide area below was shot by Scott Highland and posted to YouTube January 12. The waterfall in the video is Sunset Falls.