Jackson County, NC Landslides
Jackson County, NC Landslide Photo
SouthWings Flyover 2010
Legasus/Waterdance Subdivision Landslide Jackson County, North Carolina—February 2010
Photos: Perry Eury
“These slides are occurring countywide. None as visible as this one, but I’m vetting calls every time it rains.” Robbie Shelton—Jackson County, NC erosion control officer.
|Jackson County, NC landslide photo 2010—|
2005 Western North Carolina Landslide Hazard Mapping Program
Federal authorities notified twenty-seven mountain county governments in 1998 that the region was geologically hazardous and that mountain slope development would likely precipitate landslides and slope failures. Planning boards did not heed these advisories and as a consequence, homes and private subdivision roads across the region have been built on critical slopes and costly to control soils.
September 2004 landslide events, which included fatalities and wide-spread property loss, prompted federal intervention. In February 2005, the North Carolina General Assembly agreed to formally initiate the Western North Carolina Landslide Hazard Mapping Program.
Counties covered by the Hurricane Recovery Act: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, and Yancey.
The North Carolina Geological Survey has published landslide/soil hazard maps for Macon '06, Watauga '08 and Buncombe '09. Geologic Information Systems show that significant portions of completed or proposed steep slope building sites in these three counties are unstable to moderately stable.
In May 2010, the North Carolina Real Estate Commission advised Realtors that landslide/soil hazard maps, like flood zone maps, are material to purchasers.
Jackson County, NC Landslide Hazard Maps Not Available
Since there is no scheduled release date for Jackson County, NC landslide hazard maps, interested parties will have to rely on other sources when making decisions. As shown on the following maps, a significant number of Jackson County subdivisions have been sited on unstable slopes.
Jackson County, NC Land Development Plan—2006
|Jackson County. NC Slope Evaluation Map |
Green indicates 30-50% slopes; purple 50-100%