Effective as of 12:00 noon Saturday, May 3, the evacuation advisory is lifted for portion of upper Budge Drive.
Since the Budge Drive landslide shows minimal movement, less than 1/8th of an inch of Thursday, officials have decided to reopen the road for residential vehicle access. The road is again drivable thanks to a final grading surface, and signs have been installed to notify residents that it is a rock slide area. It is still restricted to a single lane through the slide zone, and only neighborhood residents have access to it.
Cole Nethercott, Acting Chief of Police, said, “Because there are areas at the end of this road that are still under an evacuation order, and with the road being barricaded partway up, we are not allowing a lot of vehicles up there to clog up the access for the residents. These folks have had their lives disrupted for long enough and right now we just want them to be able to get back to their normal routines.”
Because of the single lane restriction, oversized vehicles are still prohibited on Budge Drive.
The evacuation order remains in effect indefinitely for the Walgreens commercial space. The Walgreens employee housing units remain under the evacuation order until Walgreen’s can resolve utility issues and reoccupation is allowed by the Town of Jackson Building Official. The evacuation status of those few homes in the high risk area at the crest and directly east of the landslide will be reevaluated once the additional 5th bore hole is completed, with the exception of the house destroyed by the slide.
The Town of Jackson asks everyone to respect the closed areas of upper Budge Drive for safety reasons and to respect the residents of the neighborhood by avoiding this hazard area and not trespassing on private property.