Monday, November 14, 2011

Western North Carolina Mountain Real Estate: Landslide Risk Counties

It has been observed that mountain-view real estate can inspire blindness. 

Jackson County, NC landslide photo — SouthWings flyover 2010

Western North Carolina mountain real estate is exposed to debris flows, underground landslides and slope failures.

Unstable land conditions, such as those found throughout the Western North Carolina mountain region, can lead to irresolvable financial burdens.  Homes have no earth movement insurance protection and HOA members must pay assessments to repair their landslide-damaged roads.

By statute, private subdivision roads do not have to meet minimum state Department of Transportation engineering criteria. This laissez-faire development environment increases the probability of costly road repairs. County Register of Deeds subdivision Plat documents indicate whether planned community roads were built to state specification.

USGS map showing high landslide risk for Western North Carolina
mountain counties

Map of Western North Carolina Landslide-Hazardous Counties

Western North Carolina counties on the Federal Emergency Management Agency Landslide Watch List: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey.  Landslide hazard maps have been published for Macon, Watuaga, Buncombe and Henderson Counties

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